WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’s “deeply disappointed” by Iran’s sentencing of an American journalist.

A lawyer for journalist Roxana Saberi said Saturday the 31-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen was convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Clinton said in a statement the U.S. is working with Swiss diplomats in Iran to get details about the court’s decision and to ensure Saberi’s well-being. Clinton said the U.S. will “vigorously raise our concerns” with the Tehran government. She says Saberi was in Iran to learn more about her cultural heritage.

Saberi was arrested in late January. She first was accused of working without press credentials. But this month, an Iranian judge charged her with spying for the United States.

Lawyer Abdolsamad Khorramshahi said he would appeal the verdict.

AP-ES-04-18-09 1211EDT


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