Iran | Ten years in prison for an American (USA) accused of “infiltration”
A USA citizen accused of “infiltration” has been sentenced to ten years in prison in Iran. Said Sunday the justice of this country in a context of tension between Tehran and Washington.
Justice spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejeie did not specify the American’s identity. Or the date of his arrest nor provided details about the “undercover mission” . According to the Mizanonline agency, which is under the authority of the judicial authority. The arrested person is Xiyue Wang . And has American nationality but also Chinese because born in Beijing.
“He provided field information in the form of public. Confidential and very confidential articles to the research team of the US State Department,”. According to the agency that published his photo.
According to the agency, he also worked with various research centers. Including “Harvard University’s Kennedy School” , “Iran and Persian Gulf Studies Center of Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani”. Or yet “the Center of Iranian studies at the University of Tel Aviv (…) to identify topics for a soft overthrow” of the Iranian regime.
“This American spy had the task of collecting information and secret documents” on Iran. The agency added, adding that he was arrested on 8 August 2016.
“The American was identified and arrested by the intelligence services. He had come for an undercover mission and was sentenced to ten years in prison, ” Mohseni-Ejeie told a news conference.
“This individual was guided directly by the Americans” in his mission, he added, adding that he had appealed his conviction. In a statement, the State Department confirmed “to be aware of information about Xiyue Wang, a US citizen detained in Iran,”. A formulation that is generally interpreted as a confirmation.
“We call for the immediate release of all US citizens unjustly detained in Iran so that they can return to their families,” the text continues.
Two Iranian-American nationals, businessman Siamak Namazi and his father Mohammad Bagher Namazi, were sentenced in October 2016 with four others to 10 years in prison for “espionage” in favor of Washington.
The United States has repeatedly called for the immediate release of the two men.
Washington also calls for Tehran’s cooperation in the case of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, who has been missing in Iran since 2007.
In January 2016, four Iranian-Americans, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian accused of espionage and ex-Marine Amir Hekmati, were released and exchanged for seven Iranians prosecuted in the United States. A fifth American was released in parallel but outside the scope of this exchange.
Iran and the United States have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, and their reports became heated after President Donald Trump came to power and, along with Congress, has adopted a hostile Of Tehran.
Mr. Trump has already taken the opposite view of his predecessor Barack Obama by tightening ties with Saudi Arabia Sunni and calling for “isolating” Iran’s Shiite rival. Washington accuses Tehran of being a regional “threat” that “destabilizes” Syria, Iraq, Yemen or Lebanon directly or via “terrorist” groups .
The US president also regularly denounces the nuclear agreement reached in July 2015 between Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Great Britain.
Under the agreement, Iran, suspected despite its denials of seeking to manufacture nuclear weapons, has agreed to reduce its sensitive nuclear activities for at least ten years against the partial and gradual lifting of international sanctions.
The United States has decided to re-examine its position on the nuclear agreement and Washington must decide once again, in principle Monday, whether to continue to lighten sanctions against Iran.
In June, the US Senate passed a bill in favor of new sanctions against Iran, accused of “supporting international terrorist acts” . It still has to be examined by the House of Representatives.
The Iranian Parliament is also preparing a bill to “respond to the adventurous actions of the United States,” according to Kazem Jalali, the president of the Parliament’s Research Center that elaborated the text. He would vote for it if the House of Representatives approved the text adopted by the US Senate.