Of course, Saberi's case is not unique. Same happened to Haleh Esfandiari, Parnaz Azima, Ramin Jahanbegloo. What is fascinating is that Iranians arrest people who actually CARE about Iran, who are doing best to build bridges! This confirms the fears of many who suggest Iran is run by lunatics! I won't call them lunatics; but I consider them machiavellian psychopaths! (But I also question their independence and their motivations, suspecting them to be different from what it seems!)
Perhaps something that makes Saberi, Esfandiari and Jahanbegloo more vulnerable than hordes of other "peace missionaries" who travel, report or even SPY in Iran is that perhaps they operate closer to home: Iran. They can perhaps make an impact on intellectual discourse within Iran more than merely being a publicist for "come look Tehran is so pretty and Tehranis have nose jobs!"
On April 22, Ghobadi came out with a public plea, that "Saberi's his fiancee, that she is a "weak" person who didn't "dare to spy" and that she had only stayed n Iran for him to finish his underground film; and now that he film was done they were planning to move to the US! On April 23rd, announcement came that his film (No One Has Heard of The Persian Cat) was nominated for one of the competition categories of the Cannes Film Festival!
It is slightly cruel to be cynical perhaps ... but, could it be that those staging this circus are holding the puppet strings from elsewhere?! Demonizing Iran's image is a lovely enterprise for many a Western institutions!
Remember how every time the world pressure on Israel for "peace" intensifies, a palestinian suicide bomber goes up the smoke? In Iran, everytime talks of peace intensify, an American-Iranian gets jailed!! (I think Iranian puppets are not stupid enough to be manipulated to blowing themselves up with their American captives!!)
I am still watching this case! And I wish Iran's leaders took a lead to end this fiasco sooner than later! In fact, they should make a public display of the idiots who come up with such political designs! (They should also have prosecuted those responsible for accidental death of Zahra Kazemi). They just discredit Iran's government.