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Published May 11, 2009, 12:42 PM

White House praises release of journalist in Iran, but says Saberi was wrongly accused to begin with

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is praising the release of American journalist Roxana Saberi from a jail in Iran.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is praising the release of American journalist Roxana Saberi from a jail in Iran.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that the administration continues to stress that Saberi was wrongly accused, ``but we welcome this humanitarian gesture.'

The 32-year-old dual Iranian-American citizen was released Monday after four months in jail. An Iranian appeals court suspended her eight-year prison sentence on charges of spying for the U.S.

Gibbs said Obama looks forward to welcoming Saberi back to the United States.

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