Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Iran court sentences United States citizen to 10 years imprisonment

Iran court sentences United States citizen to 10 years imprisonment

The person who owns the nationality of both the USA and another country had snooped into Iran to gather documents and intelligence, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie, spokesman for Iranian judiciary, told the reporters.

President Hassan Rouhani's brother has been arrested as part of a high-profile corruption case, according to Iranian authorities, who earlier sentenced a usa dual national to prison on spying charges.

The u.s. president denounces regularly the nuclear deal concluded in July 2015 between Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Great Britain.

Meanwhile, the US Department of State without mentioning any specific person, has called on Iran to release all foreign citizens it is holding " they can return to their families".

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A report by the Audit Court found in October that executives at state-owned banks had earned as much as 622 million rials (Dh70,058) a month - compared with average public sector salaries of US$400 (Dh1,469) - leading to hundreds of prosecutions and a new government salary cap.

"We are aware reports regarding Xiyue Wang, a USA citizen detained in Iran.‎ For privacy reasons, we are not going to detail efforts in specific consular cases", a State Department spokesman said in a statement.

Some of Rouhani's political opponents have condemned the deal, which traded sanctions relief for the curbing of Iran's nuclear program.

The brothers do not share the same name because Rouhani changed his when he was younger to a word meaning "cleric".

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Fereydoun is a senior Iranian diplomat who played a prominent role in talks that led to a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers including the U.S., in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of worldwide sanctions against the country.

Iran and the U.S. have not had formal diplomatic relations since 1979, and a new round of arrests by hard-line factions within Iran's security services is targeting those with Western ties in the wake of the nuclear accord.

Also, Karan Vafadari, who owns an art gallery in Tehran, was arrested last July with his wife, who is a permanent US resident. Zakka lives in Washington D.C. and has done work for the USA government. It "became clear that he was involved in the infiltration project", he added and the court sentenced him to 10 years. They have yet to be convicted of a crime.

Iran sent a Chinese-American history researcher to prison for alleged espionage.

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Washington also requires the cooperation of Tehran in the case of Robert Levinson, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, missing in Iran since 2007.

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