Iran Sentences US Citizen To 10 Years For Spying

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.


HowdyDoody Vinividivinci Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:30 Permalink

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.

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DuneCreature Sun, 07/16/2017 - 10:40 Permalink

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

earleflorida DuneCreature Sun, 07/16/2017 - 13:05 Permalink

ref: pepe escobars piece friday on ZH   *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' analysisthe 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!

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Shemp 4 Victory Sun, 07/16/2017 - 10:36 Permalink

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.…

TheGardener Sun, 07/16/2017 - 10:41 Permalink

What a dirty game , US steals/withholds funds that are the property of Iran and spies get exchanged against money owed instead of beingfully 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 SAE6065 Sun, 07/16/2017 - 14:21 Permalink

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.

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Bemused Observer Sun, 07/16/2017 - 10:47 Permalink

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?

RagnarRedux Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:24 Permalink

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