DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The brother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian says a new lawyer chosen by the family has been unable to meet with the Iranian-American journalist to complete formalities that would allow him to represent him.
Ali Rezaian told The Associated Press on Wednesday that defense attorney Masoud Shafiei has tried unsuccessfully three times in recent days to meet with the journalist, who must personally sign paperwork to allow the lawyer to handle his case.
Shafiei has experience with sensitive cases, previously having represented three American hikers who were arrested by Iran in July 2009 along the Iraq-Iran border.
“I would urge the head of the judiciary as well as the supreme leader to have people take a look at this case and to realize all of the absurd things that have happened here, and to have it addressed,” Ali Rezaian said.
“It’s beyond comprehension they would hold someone for seven months without making any direct claims about what they had done or showing any evidence to give a reasonable person a belief that he should even be held, let alone convicted,” the brother added.