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U.S. journalist jailed in Iran on hunger strike

A U.S. journalist jailed in Iran for allegedly spying for the United States is on a hunger strike, her father told CNN.

Roxana Saberi, 31 and a dual American-Iranian citizen, entered her fifth day of the hunger strike on Sunday, the StarTribune reported.

"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, said and StarTribune reported.

Roxana Saberi was detained in January and was sentenced to eight years in prison after a one-day trial behind closed doors last week, CNN reported.

President Obama and other U.S. and international officials denounced Iranian courts actions, according to CNN. They called the accusations baseless and demanded for her release, the StarTribune reported.

Roxana Saberi's legal team has said it will appeal her conviction, according to CNN.

Roxana Saberi is originally from Fargo, N.D., and has living in Iran since 2003. She free lanced for National Public Radio and British Broadcasting Corporation and was in Iran writing a book on the culture, according to the StarTribune.