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Washington Post: Reporter jailed in Iran has 'unacceptable lack of access to legal counsel'

FILE - In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. The Washington Post’s executive editor says Tuesday, April 14, 2015 that Rezaian has had an “unacceptable lack of access to legal counsel” while jailed for nearly nine months in Iran and still has not had a substantive discussion with his lawyer.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

FILE - In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. The Washington Post’s executive editor says Tuesday, April 14, 2015 that Rezaian has had an “unacceptable lack of access to legal counsel” while jailed for nearly nine months in Iran and still has not had a substantive discussion with his lawyer.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Washington Post's executive editor says correspondent Jason Rezaian has had an "unacceptable lack of access to legal counsel" while jailed for nearly nine months in Iran and still has not had a substantive discussion with his lawyer.

Executive Editor Martin Baron said in a statement Tuesday that Rezaian only met defense lawyer Leila Ahsan once in a judge's chambers weeks ago before she had formally been named as his attorney.

Baron says they were not allowed to discuss Rezaian's case or the charges he faces, and that a scheduled one-hour session next week will be their only meeting allowed in preparation for a trial.