Iran Calls Ex-FBI Agent's Case a 'Missing Person' File
Monday, 11 November 2019 19:26 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Iran on Sunday said an open Revolutionary Court case involving an ex-FBI agent who disappeared there in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission ``was a missing person'' filing, not a sign that the man was being prosecuted.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi's comments come as a new Iranian acknowledgement of the case involving Robert Levinson renewed questions about his disappearance. The U.S. is offering $25 million for information about what happened to Levinson, who disappeared from Iran's Kish Island on March 9, 2007.

Speaking to journalists, Mousavi said Levinson "has no judicial or criminal case in any Islamic Republic of Iran court whatsoever."

"It is normal that a case is opened like it's done for any missing people anywhere in Iran," Mousavi said.

 Iran's Revolutionary Court typically handles espionage cases and others involving smuggling, blasphemy and attempts to overthrow its Islamic government.

Westerners and Iranian dual nationals with ties to the West often find themselves tried and convicted in closed-door trials in these courts, only later to be used as bargaining chips in negotiations.

For years, U.S. officials would only say that Levinson, a meticulous FBI investigator credited with busting Russian and Italian mobsters, was working for a private firm on his trip.

In December 2013, the AP revealed Levinson in fact had been on a mission for CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations. Levinson's family had received a $2.5 million annuity from the CIA in order to stop a lawsuit revealing details of his work, while the agency forced out three veteran analysts and disciplined seven others.

Since his disappearance, the only photos and video of Levinson emerged in 2010 and 2011. He appeared gaunt and bearded with long hair, and was wearing an orange jumpsuit similar to those worn by detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Iran for years has offered contradictory statements about C His family is now suing Iran in U.S. federal court, alleging the government kidnapped him.

Source : VOA

RELATED NEWS

Future of Brexit at Stake in Britain Election
Thursday, 12 December 2019 23:59 WIB

Voters in Britain are casting ballots Thursday in an early general election that may bring a long-awaited resolution to the departure from the European Union they approved in a 2016 referendum. Prime Minister Boris Johnson focused his campaigning efforts on a slogan to "Get Brexit Done." He says a ...

Turkey Threatens US With Retaliation if Sanctions Are Imposed
Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:52 WIB

Ankara is threatening retaliation against Washington if hit by sanctions. The warning comes as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on measures against Turkey over its procuring of Russian defense systems. "U.S. lawmakers must understand they will get nowhere with impositions," Turkish Foreign Ministe...

New Zealand Seismologists Fear New Eruption at Volcano
Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:16 WIB

New Zealand authorities say conditions on White Island continue to prevent efforts to send search crews to recover the bodies of those killed in Monday's volcanic eruption. Seismologists with New Zealand's GeoNet seismic monitoring agency said Wednesday there remains a 40-to-60 percent chance of an...

Aung San Suu Kyi Appears in Hague to Defend Myanmar Against Genocide Charges
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 18:27 WIB

Myanmar's state counsellor, the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, appeared at the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Tuesday to defend her government against accusations of genocide. Myanmar's military is accused of conducting a campaign of mass killings, rape and torture against the cou...

Britain Set for Crunch Election, But Brexit Agony Will Likely Continue
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 11:01 WIB

Britain's political leaders are making a final push for votes ahead of Thursday's general election, which has been dominated by the issue of Britain's exit from the European Union. A new report from analyst group The UK in a Changing Europe at Kings College London concludes that both the ruling Con...

ANOTHER NEWS
Hong Kong Stocks End Sharply Higher (Review)
Friday, 13 December 2019 04:33 WIB Hong Kong stocks surged more than one percent Thursday after the Federal Reserve indicated it would leave interest rate unchanged next year, while investors are keeping tabs on the China-US trade talks. The Hang Seng index climbed 1.31 percent, or...

DISCLAIMER

Seluruh materi atau konten yang tersaji di dalam website ini hanya bersifat informatif saja, dan tidak dimaksudkan sebagai pegangan serta keputusan dalam investasi atau jenis transaksi lainnya. Kami tidak bertanggung jawab atas segala akibat yang timbul dari penyajian konten tersebut. Semua pihak yang mengunjungi website ini harus membaca Terms of Service (Syarat dan Ketentuan Layanan) terlebih dahulu dan dihimbau untuk melakukan analisis secara independen serta memperoleh saran dari para ahli dibidangnya.