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U.S. journalist jailed in Iran goes on hunger strike

A U.S. journalist who was arrested on charges of espionage in Iran is on her fifth day of a hunger strike, according to the Star Tribune.

Roxana Saberi, a dual American-Iranian citizen who will turn 32 on Sunday, was sentenced to eight years in prison after a swift one day closed trial.

"She said that she has started a hunger strike and this is the fifth day and that she will continue until she is free. I tried to tell her that this can be dangerous, but she didn't give me any time to protest," her father, Reza Saberi, told The Associated Press.

Iran's judiciary said they are investigating how the case was handled, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged prosecutors to make sure she receives a fair appeal.