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Jesse Jackson wants to visit Tehran

Jackson is known for securing the release of hostages in different countries including the 1984 release of a Navy pilot held in Syria In 1984. He has also in 1991 helped secure the release of 500 "international guests" held in Iraq.

Press TV - The case of jailed Iranian-American Roxana Saberi has prompted American rights activist Jesse Jackson to plan a visit to Tehran.

"We have applied for visas today and we hope we will be granted entry," he told reporters in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Jackson, currently in Malaysia for a humanitarian conference, said his trip would be "a humanitarian plea, a moral appeal to gain the release of the journalist."

On Saturday, Saberi, who holds a dual citizenship from the United States and Iran, was sentenced by an Iranian court to eight years in prison on espionage charges.

Saberi, who reported for the BBC, NPR, and Fox News during her six-year stay in Iran, was arrested in January for working 'illegally' as a journalist after her press card was revoked in 2006.

Iranian Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi on Monday ordered a "careful, quick and fair" appeal for the eight-year sentence handed down to Saberi.

"If you have access to a voice in Iran, whether religious or political, join with us in making a plea to release that young woman from prison," Jackson told Malaysians.

The US government has also urged Iran to free Saberi who is suspected of espionage, saying such a move will be considered as a goodwill gesture.

While Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has expressed openness on the issue of an appeal into the court ruling, he has pointed out that Saberi entered the country with her Iranian passport and should therefore not be expected to receive special treatment.

... Payvand News - 04/22/09 ... --

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