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Parents visit captive journalist

Roxana Saberi at work in 2004
Prosecutors have issued an indictment against Ms Saberi

The parents of Iranian-US journalist Roxana Saberi have visited their daughter, who has been in jail in Tehran since late January.

Her parents were able to visit her for around 30 minutes on Monday at the prison in Evin - their first visit since she was detained in February.

Her parents, who live in the US, have appealed to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for her release.

Ms Saberi is accused of working in Iran after her accreditation expired.

'No problems'

Her parents, Reza and Akiko, "said Roxana was in good health and in good spirits," Ms Saberi's lawyer Abdolsamad Khoramshahi was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

The lawyer also told the AFP agency that Ms Saberi "hasn't had mental or physical problems".

"She has been asking about her case and where the case stands now."

Ms Saberi has reported for the BBC and for America's National Public Radio.

She has spent six years in Iran studying and writing a book.

Prosecutors have issued an indictment against Ms Saberi, but Mr Khoramshahi has not seen the charges.

A number of UK and US media outlets, including the BBC, last month urged Iran to allow independent access to her, in an open letter which expressed concern about her well-being.

Ms Saberi's case may be dealt with by a Tehran revolutionary court, which usually presides over matters involving state security.

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