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U.S. Journalist Sentenced to 8 years in prison by Iran

Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American Journalist, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for spying on Iran for the United States, reported The New York Times.

That information was given to The Times Saturday by Saberi's lawyer. The story stated that the trial started Monday. and it was conducted behind closed doors.

Several different officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told the times that they are disappointed by Iran's decision.

Saberi's lawyer said that they will appeal the sentence. The Times reported that Saberi was arrested in January for buying alcohol, and she was charged with reporting without press credentials.

With the Obama Administration hinting that they want to negotiate with Iran about their nuclear program, this complicates matters.

According to the story Saberi had been living in Iran for six years.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/world/middleeast/19iran.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=Iran&st=cse