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Journalist Freed From Iranian Prison Returning to US

An American journalist who spent four months in an Iranian prison is on her way back to the United States.

U.S. Embassy officials in Austria say Roxana Saberi left Vienna Friday on a flight bound for Washington, D.C.

Saberi spent about a week in Austria after being freed from an Iranian prison on May 11.

The 32-year-old journalist, a dual American-Iranian citizen, was arrested in January. She was later charged with espionage, and convicted last month. After an appeal by her lawyer, however, a judge reduced Saberi's sentence and ordered her release.

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

After she was released, Iran's intelligence minister, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, said Saberi was still considered guilty of espionage, because the reduction in her sentence meant she had not been acquitted of all charges.