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Forum and wire reports, Published March 08 2009

Attorney unable to visit Saberi

The parents of Roxana Saberi are hoping to hear some news about their daughter today after efforts to free her from an Iranian prison experienced a setback Saturday.

Reza Saberi said his attorney couldn’t visit his

31-year-old daughter as planned because the attorney didn’t have the proper paperwork.

“There’s another paper he had to get,” Reza Saberi said Saturday. “They told him to come tomorrow.”

Roxana Saberi, a journalist who has contributed to NPR, CNN and other media, is reportedly being held in the Evin prison north of Tehran.

She has been detained in Iran for more than a month. Officials have said she was arrested for working illegally after her press pass was revoked two years ago.

Saberi graduated from Fargo North High School and Concordia College. She has lived and worked in Iran for six years.

According to reports Friday morning by Reuters and other news outlets, the Tehran prosecutor’s office said the investigation into Saberi was complete and that and she will be freed soon.

Reza Saberi said the family is unsure if his daughter would be free to leave the country or if she would be released conditionally pending charges against her.