Iran sentences American citizen to 10 year prison term

Faith Castro
July 17, 2017

Xiyue Wang, an American student from Princeton university was charged spying on Iran for united state, has been sentenced to 10-year prison on Sunday.

Mizan Online, a news agency affiliated with the Iranian judiciary, later identified 37-year-old Wang.

Wang was arrested in Iran last summer while doing scholarly research in connection with his Ph.D. dissertation, a university statement said.

"We continue to use all the means at our disposal to advocate for USA citizens who need our assistance overseas, especially for the release of any unjustly detained USA citizens held overseas", the State Department said. The U.S. -Iranian citizen, who was visiting family in Gorgan, Iran, was released on bail in April to await his appeal, The Center For Human Rights in Iran said.

At least four Iranian-Americans now are being held in Iran, and a fifth is free pending an appeal of his sentence of 18 years in prison for alleged national-security crimes. "The court has sentenced the person to 10 years".

An Iranian court has sentenced a U.S. dual national to 10 years in prison over spying charges, an Iranian judiciary spokesman said on Sunday. At a weekly news conference, he said that one of "America's infiltrators" had been prosecuted, but he did not identify Mr. Wang by name or nationality.

It alleged he scanned some 4,500 pages of digital documents, paid thousands of dollars to access archives he needed and sought access to confidential areas of Tehran libraries.

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Iranian-American art gallery manager Karan Vafadari was detained along with his Iranian wife a year ago. Zakka lives in Washington D.C. and has done work for the USA government.

Two nationals, an iranian-american businessman Siamak Namazi and his father Mohammad Bagher Namazi, were sentenced in October 2016 with four others to ten years in prison for "espionage" in favor of Washington.

An Iranian court has sentenced a Beijing-born American scholar to 10 years' jail on spying charges.

Former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in Iran in 2007 while on an unauthorized Central Intelligence Agency mission, remains unaccounted for.

In a statement, the US Department of State did not refer to any specific person but called on Iranian authorities to release all foreign citizens it is holding "unjustly... so they can return to their families".

Since Wang's arrest a year ago, Princeton University has quietly worked with his family, the US government and others to help facilitate his release.

Iran sentences a USA citizen to ten years in prison.

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