Iran State TV: U.S.-born Newscaster Arrested by FBI to Appear in Court

FBI detained Marzieh Hashemi when she landed in St. Louis Sunday, but the reason for her arrest has not been disclosed

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American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi at studio in Tehran, Iran in an undated photo provided by Iranian state television's English-language service, Press TV.
American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi at studio in Tehran, Iran in an undated photo provided by Iranian state television's English-language service, Press TV.Credit: AP

Iran’s state-run English-language channel is reporting that its American anchorwoman detained in the U.S. will appear in court in Washington.

Press TV said Marzieh Hashemi’s court appearance is Friday. It did not elaborate.

The newscaster’s son has said his mother was arrested Sunday in St. Louis by the FBI on a material witness warrant. The FBI has declined to comment.

Her detention comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump withdrew America from the nuclear deal.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement early Friday expressing concern over Hashemi’s case and asked the Justice Department to disclose the reason for her arrest. The group’s statement noted that “Iran routinely jails journalists.”

Marzieh Hashemi, born Melanie Franklin of New Orleans, was arrested after arriving at St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday.

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