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Zeldin, Roskam, Pompeo Slam Iran’s Conviction of Jason Rezaian

October 12, 2015
Press Release
Call on Administration to not lift sanctions until Tehran releases American hostages

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) released the following statement after reports that Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was convicted of espionage charges in Iran:

"The tyrannical regime in Tehran has once again shown the world its true colors with the sham conviction of an innocent American. Jason Rezaian was detained, arrested, tried, and now convicted for doing what journalists the world over do freely every day—researching and reporting on the facts. We urge the Obama Administration not to lift any economic sanctions until Iran vacates this absurd judgment and releases all four Americans wrongly imprisoned by Iran. It is disgusting to reward a country that so brazenly violates international law and abuses our fellow citizens. The lives of Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Robert Levinson should not be a "concession" in President Obama's Iran deal."