Iran Releases on Bail Wife of Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief

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Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, in April 2013 at a campaign event for President Hassan Rohani.Credit: Associated Press

Iran released a journalist that it had been holding for 2 1/2 months, but it continues to detain her husband, the Washington Post's Tehran bureau manager, media reports say.

Iran has not said why on July 22 it arrested Yeganeh Salehi, 30, her husband, Jason Rezaian, 38, and two other journalists. It freed the other two earlier.

Rezaian is a citizen of the U.S. and Iran, but Iran does not recognize dual citizenships. Salehi, who is Iranian, is a correspondent for the National, a newspaper in Abu Dhabi.

Rezaian's brother, Ali, wrote in an e-mail that Salehi had been freed, the Washington Post reported. Ali Rezaian said that Salehi had been able to visit her husband and that he was physically healthy despite his confinement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NPR in September that Rezaian was being interrogated “for what he has done as an Iranian citizen.” The official said that Rezaian and his lawyers know what the charges are but that Iran's judiciary "has no obligation to explain to the United States why it is detaining one of its citizens."

The Post quoted a Salehi family statement as saying, “We are thankful Yeganeh has been released on bail. We remain confident that Jason has committed no crime. We pray that the Iranian government will conclude that Jason should be released as well.”

The U.S. State Department has also called on Iran to release Rezaian and asked about his condition. Because the U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with Iran, it contacts Tehran through Switzerland.

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