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Advocacy organization says Roxana Saberi among eight who broke laws to change the world

FARGO - A former Fargo journalist who was detained for 100 days in Iran, was among eight people which an organization says broke the law to change the world.

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Roxana Saberi. HarperCollins Publishers

FARGO - A former Fargo journalist who was detained for 100 days in Iran, was among eight people which an organization says broke the law to change the world.

One, an international campaigning and advocacy organization, puts Roxana Saberi on a elite list , which includes South America's Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Liu Xiabo of China, India's Mohandas Gandhi, civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, and social reformer Susan Brownell Anthony.

Saberi, a Concordia College graduate and former Miss North Dakota, was released from Iran in 2009 after being originally sentenced to eight years after being falsely accused of espionage.

Writes One: Roxana falsely confessed to being a spy. She quickly realized this was a mistake and recanted her confession – knowing this would jeopardize her freedom. Instead of freeing her, her case was sent to trial, sentencing her in eight years of prison.

“I would rather tell the truth and stay in prison instead of telling lies to be free.”

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