Iran defends spy trial of US journalist

The trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on espionage charges has started behind closed doors in TehranIran hit back Thursday at US claims that the trial of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on spying charges lacked transparency, insisting its judiciary is independent. Washington has called for the release of Rezaian, who went on trial behind closed doors on Tuesday, and National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan condemned a "complete lack of transparency" in the case. Rezaian, 39, is accused of "espionage, collaboration with hostile governments, gathering classified information and disseminating propaganda against the Islamic republic", according to his lawyer.

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