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Amir Hekmati Death Sentence (2012)

Reporter's wife, mother describe torturous final hours in Iran

It was the call that Yeganeh Salehi had been awaiting for more than a year. At 2 p.m. Saturday, she picked up the phone at her home in Iran and heard the voice of her husband, jailed American reporter Jason Rezaian.

"I have been told I am leaving for the airport right now," he said.

Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent in Tehran, had been detained for 18 months in the city's notorious Evin prison, held on vague espionage-related charges that he denied. His wife, an Iranian, had visited him nearly every week, watching him lose weight and suffer from periodic infections.

Now, Rezaian told his wife, they could meet quickly to say goodbye - until they could...