TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani condemned the US for arresting Iran’s Press TV anchorwoman Marzieh Hashemi, saying the “barbaric” move is a sign of Washington’s false policies.
The illegal treatment of the journalist shows that the US wants human rights only for other countries and is pursuing the style of the governments that remained silent on the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Larijani said, addressing an open session of the parliament on Sunday.
Larijani said the imprisonment of the Iranian TV anchor is another example of the US’ false policies in the international arena.
The parliament speaker went on to say that the issue is “a kind of hiding the violence of American governance in deceitful terms”.
A US court has confirmed that Hashemi, an American-born journalist who works for the Iranian state-owned media outlet Press TV, had been arrested in the US city of St. Lous and that she will be released after she testifies before a grand jury, according to Media reports.
The court order said that Hashemi, who was born in the United States as Melanie Franklin, had been detained to give a testimony to a jury investigating unspecified “violations of US criminal law”.
No date was given for the testimony and no information about the nature of the Hashemi case was revealed in the court filing.
However, Hashemi's lawyer, Preston Burton, said, “we expect that she will soon return to her family, her home, and her career.”