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US reporter detention a 'fiasco', says Iran's human rights chief

In an interview with FRANCE 24, the secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council, Mohammad Javad Larijani, discusses the detention of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. The Iranian-American journalist has been held in Iran without charge since July.

Larijani says he hopes Rezaian's case will be presented to court "as soon as possible".

"Let us hope that this fiasco will end on good terms," he added.

Larijani also expressed hope that the house arrest of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi will soon come to an end.

Larijani declined to confirm US reports that Iran had carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

"We do not endorse this claim by the Pentagon," he said.

 

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2017-01-20 Africa

Davos 2017: 'I believe in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world'

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2017-01-18 Donald Trump

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Our guest is Daniel Kurtzer, a former US ambassador to Egypt and Israel. He believes US President-elect Donald Trump's choice of David Friedman to be US ambassador to Israel is a...

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2017-01-17 Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Our guest is Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party in Israel and a former Israeli finance minister. He reacts coolly to France hosting a Middle East peace conference...

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2017-01-13 Russia

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Our guest has been making waves recently with her outspoken criticism of US strategy towards Russia. Whether it likes it or not, she says, the West is already at war with Russia...

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2017-01-11 Barack Obama

'Yes we did': Obama defends his legacy

Barack Obama has delivered his farewell speech in Chicago, where it all began for him. A message of hope but also a warning about the frailty of democracy. He was hoping that...

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