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Jason Rezaian’s Life in Iranian Prison Is ‘Ever More Difficult’



Photo: Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter incarcerated in Iran for nearly a year, is finding prison life “ever more difficult” and has only recently become aware of the global support for him, including a plea for his release from Muhammad Ali, Mr. Rezaian’s mother, Mary, said on Thursday.

In a telephone interview, she also said that Mr. Rezaian, a California native with dual citizenship whom the Iranian authorities have charged with espionage and other crimes, had asked that she come to Tehran for the summer, an indication that he expects his legal battle to be extended for some time.

Mr. Rezaian, 39, has declared his innocence, and his supporters have called the case a political farce.

He is one of at least three Americans imprisoned in Iran, an issue that has taken on increased importance as the international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear activities head toward a diplomatic conclusion, possibly as early as next week. Relatives of the longest-held American, Amir Hekmati, 31, said Wednesday they would be traveling in the coming days to Vienna, where the negotiations are underway, to press their public entreaties for his release.

Mrs. Rezaian had been visiting Tehran since before her son’s trial began last month but returned to her home in Istanbul on June 10. She said she was now planning to return to Tehran next week and “stay indefinitely.”

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