Iran Sentences US Citizen To 10 Years For Spying

Tyler Durden's picture

With diplomatic relations between the US and Iran - a state Donald Trump has repeatedly accused of being a "state sponsor of terrorism" - alrady near rock bottom, on Sunday they took another turn for the worse after a United States citizen accused of "infiltration" in Iran was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

"This person, who was gathering information and was directly guided by America, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence can be appealed," deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised press conference quoted by Reuters, adding that "rhe person was identified and arrested by the intelligence forces." The foreigner holds dual nationality of the United States and another country, he said, promising to give more details once the appeals court confirms the sentence.

Deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie

As Reuters adds, it was not immediately clear whether Mohseni Ejei was referring to Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen with permanent U.S. residency, who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $4.2 million fine after he was found guilty of collaborating against the state, according to his U.S.-based lawyer who spoke to reporters in September.

Early in January, Tehran's chief prosecutor said as many as 70 "spies" were serving sentences in the city's prisons, the identities of only a handful of which have been made public. Most are thought to be Iranians who hold another passport from Europe or the United States. As we reported at the time, last October, US-Iranian business consultant Siamak Namazi and his 80-year-old father Baquer, a former UNICEF official, were given 10 years in prison for "espionage and collaboration with the American government".

Iranian-American consultant Siamak Namazi (R) is pictured 
with his father Baquer Namazi, via Reuters

Emboldened by Obama's "negotiating" tactics, which as the WSJ reported last summer involved the stealthy payment of $1.7 billion all-cash payment to secure the release of four US hostages, Iran demanded the payment of "several billions of dollars" to release the Namazis:

As the Washington Free Beacon first reported, senior Iranian officials, including the country’s president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens.


Iranian news sources close to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which has been handling prisoner swaps with the United States, reported on Tuesday that Iran expects “billions of dollars to release” those U.S. citizens still being detained.”


“We should wait and see, the U.S. will offer … several billions of dollars to release” American businessman Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer, who was abducted by Iran after the United States paid Iran the $1.7 billion, according to the country’s Mashregh News outlet, which has close ties to the IRGC’s intelligence apparatus. That amount may have been just the beginning: according to the WFB, "Future payments to Iran could reach as much as $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter, who said that Iran is detaining U.S. citizens in Iran’s notorious Evin prison where inmates are routinely tortured and abused."

It was not immediately clear if a similar demand would be made this time to accelerate the release of the unknown US citizen.

Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, the US has already called for the immediate release of the detained US citizens.

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OverTheHedge's picture

Iran forced to take hostages in order to convince US to return funds illegally seized by US. It a hell of a way to do business, but it seems to work.

Vinividivinci's picture

Worked in the past, probs not anymore.
Trump ain't Obama, and he sure ain't no Trudeau.

totenkopf88's picture

Trumptards will willingly sign up to fight in whatever war Israel wants Trump to fight.

Never One Roach's picture

Maybe we can make a trade with iran:


We give them McCain and they give us this kid.

It's a win-win trade!

Village-idiot's picture

Moslems seem to like ugly fat women; give them Hillary. (I'm sure Bill will agree to it!)

Now there's a win-win situation.

Déjà view's picture

10 years...also violates Iranian visa laws...

caconhma's picture

N. Korea Kim is fat but he is smart. He fucked out Agent Orange and his military establisment big time. Just think what will happen if Trump tries to be tough with China.

robertsgt40's picture

Trading prisoners  now like trading baseball cards.  I'll trade you one Mickey Mantle for a Babe Ruth and Pete Rose.

HowdyDoody's picture

Father and son seem to be linked to US think tanks and NGOs. They are also linked to Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council [which nation does 'National' refer to?].

Parsi supports engagement between the US and Iran in belief that it "would enhance our [U.S.] national security by helping to stabilize the Middle East and bolster the moderates in Iran". [aka regime change] [plus I think the first question is now answered]

Just another day.

Blankone's picture

The US was motivated last time most likely due to those being put in prison being guilty.

The father in one case was a UNICEF official, hmmm.

JuliaS's picture

- How can you have a war on terror? What does war create?

- Terror!

- So you're having a war against the consequences of the actions that you're involved in?

- Yeah! But this is good Terror!

(Steve Hughes)

DuneCreature's picture

State sponsored terrorism? ... No, no, no, we don't do that.

We just help Israel do the stupid kind of shit. .. We are just accessories.

Let's keep the record straight here, damn it.

~~~)()()( ..USS Liberty - Ooops, We Killed Some Of Our Own Again ..)()()(~~~

Anyone who doesn't think The Chosen aren't really one big Murder Inc. - False Flag Production Company for the purpose of demonizing anyone they want to rob is not paying attention.

If the Israelites were just a little more competent and efficient they would never have gotten caught. ......... The USS Liberty would have gone to the bottom. .. It wasn't for the lack of trying. ... But call it luck or divine intervention, the evil devils screwed up big time and a few victims survived and made it home to tell the story.

The USS Liberty story is a clear indication of who the bad guys are.

Ignore it at your own peril, fellow goy.

Make no mistake,.................this was NO MISTAKE!

A note to the US military - This dirty whore bath shower of shit continues today and you are under the nozzle. .. The Israelites are arming, training, transporting, supplying and giving intel to those same ISIS fighters that are shooting at you.

Meanwhile back state side they have taken over the US government and stealing anything and everything they can. ....... Should you be wounded don't count on that Israli controlled government to help you out much either. ........................ You have been warned, brother and sister. ........ Do with this intel what you will.

Live Hard, Watch Your Back And Who Is On Your Flank, It Might Be The Troops Of King David And Zion, Die Free

~ DC v7.3

roadhazard's picture

If true I can not do anything about it and it sounds like neither can anyone else. I'm glad they are not here or it would be pretty crowded on my mountain. They would probably want a toke of my medicine too the damn freeloaders.   

veritas semper vinces's picture

Dune,absolutely  marvelous post(as usually)

DuneCreature's picture


It is nice to know a few people get it.

Or at least willing to give the 'official narrative' a second look.

Live Hard, Truth Like The Lion Can't Be 'Tamed' Very Well Or For Very Long Either, Die Free

~ DC v7.3

earleflorida's picture

your comments and intelligence, [and] estute knowledge have always had my eyes and ears

good digging DUNE  :-)

DuneCreature's picture

You do a great job too, earleflorida.

Don't miss the fact that the US Navy Admiral that covered-up the Israeli evil intent with the USS Liberty (meaning 'in on' the conspiracy) was John McCain's farther too.

Live Hard, Treachery And Treason Runs In The McCain Family Apparently, Die Free

~ DC v7.3

Veritas X-'s picture

Yeah DC.

Great Job there with the links & statement of facts.

Damn, I gotta take a pee-pee.

*Truth X-*

earleflorida's picture

ref: pepe escobars piece friday on ZH

Note:   *Iran and Syria 'imho' will never give up territory for the zionist cartel to israel regarding the 'golan' as in... 'mission creep'-- [as] in this link explains (always read between the lines) ---           scroll down; john freitas comment for 'spot-on' analysis

the short answer is 'NO'!

Since 1946-48, Isreal [had, on its own merits, mind you] recognized oneself ['Israel'] as their ancestrial home (being absent for millenium and never-ever 'GROUNDED' --- tis,...the biggest myth the world{!] has ever been forced-fed to swallow by the west!      (Timelines)

[*]iran won't let it happen, nor will syria and that includes shia iraq! and [certainly] not the 'LEBANON'!

Jordan, Egypt, the Arabian (majority?) Peninsula, [willfully] ussa` puppet states could give a fuck!

remember this, iran [and] iraq were once ussa puppet states, but[t] those days are gone for good!

Lastly: Israel and Saudi Arabia $$$lobby'$$$ run USSA foreign (POTUS & Congress) policy in the MENA!

WillyGroper's picture

well now...if you only knew what i did this morn.

thanks for the dcdave link.

have a feeling i may need it.

MCDirtMigger's picture

I'll give you tree fiddy

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Perhaps US citizens will eventually learn that it is not a good idea to be spying in Iran.

As for the $50 billions, $100 billions, $300 billions, or whatever the figure has since been exaggerated to, this has been debunked.

Only $3 billions of money already belonging to Iran was unfrozen, again illustrating that the US does not honor the agreements it makes.

DavidFL's picture

Perhaps US citizens will learn that some places on this earth - we are just not admired! Incredible, the stupidity of some!

Anyway - this story is BS, a person who is a permanent resident is not a citizen. That is why they are called  - Permanent Resident!! Completly different status.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Exactly.Iran is right. Note how the criminal Bibi tried 20 years to make Jewmerica to start a war against Iran. Iran is pretty strong now and has powerful friends.

Arrest Hillary's picture

A pallet of dollars .... doesn't buy much anymore .... Democrats make bad deals .... let's see if the Don can fix this ?

silverer's picture

Call Obama. Mr. Generous will send a pallet of his own personal money.

totenkopf88's picture

You should send some $ to Israel- oh yeah, that's right- if you are a US taxpayer you already do

TheGardener's picture

What a dirty game , US steals/withholds funds that are the property of Iran and spies get exchanged against money owed instead of being

fully processsed and executed.  Short of decapitating any spies caught in the act including all those NGO midges a sovereign country like Iran might as well accept an "independent !!!"  central bank.

Vageling's picture

LoL. The US demands. That's some funny shit. I'm sure the supreme leader in Iran is very impressed. 

SAE6065's picture

I agree with you on this issue. The Supreme Leader could care less about who is in control here in MURCIA. Just show them the money. FUCK everything else.  

Vageling's picture

I agree. It was their money to begin with. Which they were cut off from. Not like only the USG plays games. This is mostly political. The little fishes.

And those so called spies ain't what they used to be. Dual nationality is also a big "PLEASE FUCK ME OVER" sign. Dual nationality should be illegal. Take a pick! I'm not allowed to hold dual nationality.

Just give these guys their money back. This will stop. 

Who's POTUS is some minor detail as the world knows how that works in Murica or EUsurpia for that matter. Puppets.

Rick Cerone's picture

I hope he doesn't come back brain dead like Otto.

rejected's picture

Still trying to figure out why the family refused an autopsy....

Rick Cerone's picture

His family approved the trip to NK because it was sponsored by a religios organization that was probably a NGO intelligence cover. We will never know the true story. Kim turned the kid into a lobotomized zombie. Nice message to religious NGO's looking to seed chaos.

FoggyWorld's picture

He may have tried to commit suicide while in NK and that wouldn't be something that his family would most likely want to have the public know about.

HowdyDoody's picture

More likely, he tried taking something to make him unwell so he would be repatriated but it all went wrong.

FoggyWorld's picture

He may have tried to commit suicide while in NK and that wouldn't be something that his family would most likely want to have the public know about.

FoggyWorld's picture

He may have tried to commit suicide while in NK and that wouldn't be something that his family would most likely want to have the public know about.

Vageling's picture

Ask the gubmint. They know. His next of kin strikes me as affraid. That says a lot. Intimidated.

Bemused Observer's picture

He's a 'US citizen', but has dual citizenship with another country? Hmmm, I wonder which country THAT could be...


Tell ya what...let that guy's 'other country' deal with it. Fuck him, whoever he is, let him rot there in his new Iranian jail 'home'. (Maybe they'll give him Iranian citizenship if he demonstrates good behavior, then this guy can start a collection of 'citizenships'.)


Pick a country, and go with it for the day, huh?

Vageling's picture

Not many suspects. We all know how dual nationality privilege came about.

Schmuck Raker's picture

Tyler, FYI someone posted at Steemit under your name.

Hope it was you.

OverTheHedge's picture

Whoever it is, he was complaining about spam in the comments - does that sound like Tyler?

earleflorida's picture

ZeroHedge does not =zer0hedge

NoWayJose's picture

It's easier to be recruited as a spy and to spend those checks than it is to actually be good at it!

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

I thought they only had a death sentence...

meditate_vigorously's picture

If history is any clue, the man was spying.

Cordeezy's picture

I am sure every country has spies in every other country.

RagnarRedux's picture

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