Washington Post reporter's lawyer in Iran asks for his release

In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, Iran. (AP)

An Iranian news agency is quoting the lawyer of a detained Washington Post reporter as saying her client should be freed in the wake of the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.

The report Tuesday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted defense lawyer Leila Ahsan, who represents the Post's Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian. Rezaian has been held for over a year and faces espionage charges in a Revolutionary Court.

Tasnim quoted Ahsan as saying Rezaian's continued detention was "not legal." She also said she expected the court to acquit Rezaian as there was no evidence proving the charges against the Iranian-American journalist.

Ahsan could not be immediately reached for comment by The Associated Press.

U.S. officials, the Post and rights groups have criticized his trial.

Last Update: Tuesday, 28 July 2015 KSA 13:16 - GMT 10:16