Freed Journalist Roxana Saberi Headed Back To Us

05.22.09 | FL News Team

U.S. journalist Roxana Saberi is on her way home from Vienna, Austria, where she has been resting up since being freed from an Iranian prison. She is bound for Washington, DC, after a four-month stint in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

Saberi, a freelance journalist for the BBC and National Public Radio as well as a former Miss North Dakota, was detained in late January initially on an expired press pass. The charges were ramped up to espionage in April and she was convicted in an hour-long secret trial and sentenced to eight years.

Under international pressure, Iran's judiciary relented and changed the punishment to two years' suspended sentence. The 32-year-old Saberi was reunited with her parents on May 11th and promptly left the Islamic Republic.