Freed American Journalist Saberi Leaves Iran

May 15, 2009 - 12:47 AM
A lawyer says American journalist Roxana Saberi, who was jailed on the charge of spying in Iran, left the country early Friday.~~<br />

This undated file photo released by the family of imprisoned Iranian-American shows journalist Roxana Saberi in Tehran, Iran. Lawyers for a jailed U.S. journalist say she will be freed Monday, May 11, 2009, after an Iranian appeals court suspended her prison term and she can leave the country immediately. (AP Photo/Saberi Family/file)

Tehran (AP) – A lawyer says American journalist Roxana Saberi, who was jailed on the charge of spying in Iran, left the country early Friday.

Saberi's lawyer, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi, says the 32-year-old dual Iranian-American citizen has left Iran for Europe, but he did not which country. He said she left around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. local time

On Thursday, the family said they would leave Iran in next few days but would not welcome media coverage on it.

Saberi was originally convicted of spying in a brief, closed-door trial and sentenced to eight years in prison.

The 32-year-old dual Iranian-American citizen, who spent four months in prison, was freed Monday and reunited with her parents after an appeals court reduced her sentence to a two-year suspended sentence.