WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today issued the following statement condemning the espionage charges filed by the Iranian regime against The Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian:
â€œIt appears that Mr. Rezaian is being persecuted because of his profession as a reporter and his American citizenship. Freedom of press is a right that should be guaranteed to all individuals regardless of their nationality. We urge the Iranian government to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Rezaian.
â€œThis case is just the latest example of the true nature of the Iranian regime. The Obama Administration should demand Mr. Rezaianâ€™s immediate release along with all other Americans wrongfully imprisoned in Iran prior to concluding a nuclear deal with this brutal regime.â€
In March 2015, Kirk and Rubio led a group of 19 senators in urging the Obama Administration to demand the unconditional release of Rezaian and other American citizens unjustly imprisoned in Iran.