WASHINGTON, April 22 Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday he would not intervene in the
case of imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi,
ABC television reported.
Asked in an interview if he would release Saberi as
goodwill gesture, Ahmadinejad said through a translator, "I am
not a judge. And I do not pass judgment over judicial cases.
And in Iran, the judiciary is independent.
"I think (President Barack) Mr. Obama, as a sign of change,
and all also to encourage friendship, should allow laws to be
processed fairly and allow the judiciary to carry out its
duties," he said in remarks aired on ABC's "Good Morning
America. "I am sure that she will not be mistreated."
Saberi, 31, was sentenced Saturday on charges of spying for
the United States. The verdict that could complicate
Washington's efforts toward reconciliation with the Islamic
Republic after three decades of mutual mistrust.
On Tuesday, the U.S.-born Saberi appealed her sentence and
her father warned she would starve herself to death if the
verdict is upheld.