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Iran allows parents to visit jailed US journalist

THE parents of an American journalist imprisoned in Iran will be allowed to meet with their daughter, their lawyer said yesterday after the North Dakota couple arrived in the country seeking her release.

Reza Saberi and his wife, Akiko, arrived early yesterday and met with authorities at Evin prison who gave them permission to see their daughter, Roxana Saberi, during today's weekly visiting day, said the lawyer, Abdolsamad Khorramshai.

Iranian prosecutors have issued a formal charge against Saberi, Khorramshai said, but will probably not see the charges for several weeks under Iran's court procedures.

Iranian officials have said Roxana Saberi was arrested for working in the country after her press credentials had expired.

Her parents only found out about her arrest when she called them on February 10.

Saberi, a dual citizen of the US and Iran, has lived in Iran for six years and has reported for several news organizations.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she has requested Iran resolve the cases of Roxana Saberi and two other Americans missing or detained in Iran.

Robert Levinson was last seen on Iran's Kish Island on March 8, 2007, while investigating cigarette smuggling for a client of his private security firm. Esha Momeni, a dual US and Iranian national who was visiting Tehran to research a master's thesis on the women's rights movement in Iran, was arrested on October 15 on a traffic violation.


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