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Iran hints US reporter's sentence may be eased

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TEHRAN, IRAN (KWWL) - Iran's judiciary spokesman says an eight-year jail term for an American journalist may be reconsidered on appeal, a possible indication her sentence will be commuted.

The statement by spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi was a rare prediction about a case from the judiciary and was the latest hint Iran could be backing off from the imprisonment of 31-year-old Roxana Saberi on charges of spying for the U.S. The case has been a source of tension with the U.S. at a time when the Obama administration is trying to open a dialogue with Iran to ease decades of diplomatic deadlock.

"We can't influence the judge's verdict (but hope) the verdict will be reconsidered at the appeals court," the official IRNA news agency quoted Jamshidi as saying.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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