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Iran sentences unnamed two for spying

TEHRAN — Iran’s judiciary sentenced two people to 10 years in prison Sunday for spying for the United States and Israel, but their names were not released, local media reported.

It was not clear if Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian, who faces similar charges, was one of them.

It is not uncommon in Iran to hand down sentences without revealing names of the convicted, especially in matters involving national security. Judiciary spokesman Gholami Hossein Mohseni Ejei told reporters that a revolutionary court, which is also handling Rezaian’s case, had sentenced the two “due to their espionage for the United States and Israel,” he said, according to the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency.


Relatives of Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been held in Iran since July 2014, are waiting for a verdict. Mohseni Ejei said he did not know whether a verdict in his case had been reached. “But the final session took place two weeks ago,” he said.

According to Iranian law, a verdict needs to be issued one week after the final court session. Rezaian’s last session was held Aug. 10. Instead of issuing a verdict, Iran’s judiciary issued a statement saying that it was up to the judge to decide whether the Aug. 10 session was the final one.