Third day of Rezaian ‘espionage’ trial ends with no resolution

July 13, 2015
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Mary Rezaian, right, mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, leave after a court hearing at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, Iran, today. The closed-door trial of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been detained in an Iranian prison for nearly a year. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Mary Rezaian, right, mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, leave after a court hearing at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, Iran, today. The closed-door trial of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been detained in an Iranian prison for nearly a year. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and the ongoing high-stakes Iranian nuclear talks may not be connected. But they’re proving similarly frustrating.

His first trial proceeding in a month was again conducted secretly Monday with no apparent resolution, according to Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron.

“A third hearing in Jason’s case was held today, without conclusion, Jason’s lawyer has told his family. No date has yet been set for these proceedings to resume.”

The paper, Obama administration and many journalism organizations have derided the prosecution as a sham.

“We call again on Iran to deliver a speedy, fair and impartial judgment in Jason’s case, one that could only result in his acquittal, immediate release, and a long-overdue reunion with his family,” said Baron.

“It is long past time to bring an end to the nightmare that began on July 22, 2014, when Jason and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, both accredited as journalists by the Government of Iran, were arrested by Iranian authorities.”

The nuclear talks are continuing in Vienna and have been marked by several deadlines, hopes of a deal, dashed hopes and new deadlines.

There has also been pure speculation that somehow the outcomes of both the Rezaian matter and the nuclear bargaining would be intertwined. That remains clear as mud.

But at least there is a substantial amount of transparency with the international nuclear talks, with the U.S. delegation headed by Secretary of State John Kerry. The Rezaian matter, by comparison, persists in the dark.