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Former Prisoner In Iran Speaks At Alma Mater

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(credit: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Roxana Saberi was finally able to give the commencement speech at her alma mater.

The Fargo native and journalist was supposed to give the graduation speech at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., four years ago, but she was being held as a spy in an Iranian prison. Saberi maintained her innocence but spent four months imprisoned before being released in May 2009.

Saberi on Sunday gave the commencement address at Concordia, the school from which she graduated in 1997. She told the crowd that if not for the support of the college, other friends and total strangers around the world, she might not have made it through her ordeal in Iran.

Saberi is working on a second book while advocating for human rights around the world.

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