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Freed Saberi thanks supporters


Roxana Saberi: 'I am of course happy to be free and with my parents again'

Roxana Saberi, the US-Iranian journalist released from jail in Iran on Monday, has thanked all those who helped to win her freedom.

She was freed after four months in prison after an eight-year term on charges of spying for the US was cut. She denied the charges.

Speaking publicly for the first time since her release, Ms Saberi said she was happy to be free.

She said she was looking forward to spending some time with her family.

Roxana Saberi's imprisonment drew international attention and sparked protests calling for her release.

She is now able to leave Iran, but has been banned from working as a journalist in Iran for five years.

On Monday, the White House welcomed the release as a "humanitarian gesture".

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