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Iran indicts detained Washington Post journalist

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JC Finley
Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief, in an undated photo with wife Yeganeh Salehi. Facebook/Free Jason & Yegi
Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief, in an undated photo with wife Yeganeh Salehi. Facebook/Free Jason & Yegi

TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Iran has reportedly indicted detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and had his case referred to Tehran's Revolutionary Court.

Unspecified charges were filed against Rezaian in December after being held for 137 days in solitary confinement.

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Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi issued a statement that was published by the ISNA news agency Wednesday.

"After the issuance of indictment, the case against Jason Rezaian has been referred for processing to Tehran's Revolutionary Court."

No additional details were provided. It is possible Tehran's Revolutionary Court could recommend Rezaian stand trial.

News of the indictment came on the same day as a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva that marked an extension of Iran's nuclear negotiations.

"We hope that this issue will be resolved," Zarif said of Rezaian's detention in remarks delivered ahead of his meeting with Kerry. "But, unfortunately, there are issues involved, judicial issues, which the judiciary has to deal [with]," he said, adding that "we will have to wait for the judiciary to move forward."

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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.

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