Publicado: Mier, Junio 12, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Iran frees Lebanese man, USA resident imprisoned for spying

Iran frees Lebanese man, USA resident imprisoned for spying

Addressing the return of Nizar Zakka, who has been held in Iran since 2015 on charges of spying, to his native Lebanon, press secretary Sarah Sanders says, "We're thankful for the release of the individual in Iran".

Lebanon's head of general security Abbas Ibrahim told Reuters on Monday that the detainee, who has United States residency, would be freed by Iran and that the two would return to Lebanon.

The White House says it is "thankful" for the release of a US permanent resident from Iranian custody, but wants to see other Americans who are detained there released as well.

Zakka was arrested in 2015 and convicted of spying for the USA government - charges he denies.

In 2015, he disappeared in Iran.

Zakka is expected to head from the airport to the presidential palace where he will be received by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who had personally requested his release. Subsequently, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp-affiliated news agency said they would hand Mr Zakka over to Hezbollah officials, only for the judiciary to say he would be handed to Maj Gen Ibrahim.

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Shahindokht Molaverdi, an adviser to President Hassan Rouhani who as a vice president invited Zakka to Iran, told the AP in September that Iran's government had "failed" to help Zakka.

The statement claimed that Zakka, who graduated from the Riverside Military Academy of Gainesville in Georgia, had "deep links" with USA military and intelligence agencies.

At least 11 dual and foreign nationals, or Iranians with foreign residencies, are imprisoned in Iran as of this month, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran.

Ibrahim told Reuters on Monday he was also working on securing the release of four Lebanese citizens detained in the UAE and Qatar, as well as the case of businessman Kassim Tajideen, who is in a U.S prison.

Zakka, a computer scientist and Internet freedom advocate, was detained in Tehran after attending a conference at the invitation of the Iranian government. "We did all we could to stop this from happening, but we are seeing that we have failed to make a significant impact".

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