WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Post correspondent being held by the Iranian government for more than 500 days has been allowed a Christmas Day visit with his wife and mother.
The mother of Jason Rezaian says in an email to the newspaper that the visit lasted several hours Friday. Mary Rezaian and Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, received permission for the visit from an Iranian court.
The 39-year-old reporter was born in California and holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenships. He was convicted in closed proceedings earlier this year after being charged with espionage and related allegations. The length of his sentence has not been disclosed publicly.
In a statement, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron describes Rezaian's captivity as "522 days of tragic, unjust imprisonment of a good, honorable and innocent man."