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Saberi Lawyer Optimistic About Appeal


The lawyer for jailed Iranian-American Roxana Saberi says he is optimistic about her fate, saying the Iranian appeal court's atmosphere was "favorable" when he presented her defense.

Saberi's lawyer Abdolsamad Khorramshahi said he expects the court in Tehran to make its decision regarding Saberi's eight-year prison sentence within the next few days.

The 32-year-old freelance journalist was found guilty last month on charges of espionage. Her family and the U.S. government say the charges against her are baseless.

Saberi's father Reza Saberi says the journalist ended a hunger strike Monday at Evin prison after refusing to eat for nearly two weeks. Witnesses to Sunday's closed-door proceedings say Saberi appeared tired and thin when she arrived at the courthouse.

Iran has criticized international involvement in the case, saying the judiciary is independent and outside interference contradicts international norms.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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