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Journalist Roxana Saberi Not Ready to Tell Her Story Yet


American journalist Roxana Saberi has arrived in Austria to recuperate after spending four months in an Iranian prison.

The newly-freed journalist arrived in the Austrian capital, Vienna, early Friday on a flight from Tehran. She was accompanied by her parents.

Saberi told reporters at the airport that she plans to spend several days in Austria and then go to the United States. She said she is not yet ready to talk about her experience, but will do so in the near future, recounting her time in jail, and the events leading up to her detention.

The 32-year-old journalist, a dual American-Iranian citizen, was arrested in January while buying a bottle of wine, which is illegal in Iran. She was convicted last month of espionage.

After Saberi's lawyer appealed the court's decision, a judge reduced her sentence and freed her from prison on Monday.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Saberi said she had no immediate plans and just wants to relax with her family.

One of Saberi's lawyers said the spy charges against her were based on documents she obtained on the U.S. war in Iraq.

The attorney, Saleh Nikbakht, said the journalist made copies of the confidential report, prepared by a strategic research center at the Iranian president's office. He did not say how Saberi managed to obtain the documents, and said she never used the information.

Iran's intelligence minister, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, maintained Wednesday that Saberi was guilty of spying, noting that her reduced sentence meant she had not been acquitted of all charges.

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



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