Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Iranian Journalist Was Arrested in St. Louis as a Witness, Officials Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Iranian Journalist Was Arrested in St. Louis as a Witness, Officials Say

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ST. LOUIS - A prominent Iranian journalist arrested on Sunday at St. Louis Lambert International Airport was arrested as a material witness and will be released following her testimony in front of a grand jury, court documents unsealed Friday say.

The disappearance of Marzieh Hashemi, who was born Melanie Franklin, had been a mystery since her family and the Iranian government first raised concerns.

There was no public record of her arrest and airport and federal officials in St. Louis and Washington had repeatedly declined to comment on the case.

On Friday, the Justice Department circulated a newly unsealed court record that said Hashemi had not been accused of any crime. She had been appointed a lawyer and had already had two court appearances, the document says. …

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