WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the family of detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian were "disappointed" and "saddened" to learn that an Iranian court had charged Rezaian with unspecified crimes.
Rezaian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen working in Iran as a journalist since 2008, appeared in a Tehran court on Saturday, where charges were filed against him after 137 days in solitary confinement.
The Iranian judge denied Rezaian bail and reportedly denied him access to an attorney, "a clear violation of Iran's own law and international norms," said Kerry.
Rezaian's family issued a statement, appealing to Iran's leadership to release Jason.
"We urge Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to show the international community that Iran is indeed a country that respects its laws, and order the immediate and unconditional release of Jason and Yeganeh and end what Iran's own Head of the Judiciary's Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani, recently described as a 'fiasco.'"
Rezaian, 38, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, were among four journalists detained by Iran in July. The other two, a photojournalist and her husband, were freed in August. Salehi was released on bail in early October.