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Experts: Iranian charges against Saberi likely a ploy

Published 04/09/2009, The Forum

Espionage charges against imprisoned journalist Roxana Saberi, a former Red River Valley TV reporter who grew up in Fargo, are likely a political ploy, said a University of Minnesota expert on Iran. William O. Beeman, an anthropology professor who has studied Iran for 30 years, said Wednesday that he thinks Saberi is caught in an internal political conflict while the country is in the midst of an election season.

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