April 8 - The Islamic Republic of Iran's Deputy Prosecutor responsible for security issues, Hassan Haddad, announced today that the American journalist detained for working without a permit, has been formally charged with espionage.
The 31-year old Roxana Saberi, who retains dual citizenship in both the USA and Iran, confessed to investigators that she had been engaged in numerous espionage activities while acting under the guise of a legitimate reporter.
"She conducted spying operations in the country by passing herself as a journalist. She has accepted all charges and we have documented the evidence in her legal case papers," said Haddad.
Saberi, who formerly reported for the BBC and Fox News, will now have to face trial in the Revolutionary Court, where her case will be heard before the country's supreme judiciary body. The spy was arrested in January for working illegally as a journalist, after her press pass was initially revoked in 2006.
In recent months, Iranian intelligence and security organs have uncovered numerous plots and espionage cases aimed at undermining the country's sovereignty. Most of the operatives apprehended confessed to having worked for the Zionist-Israeli or US intelligence services.