May 27, 2020

Iran says the FBI exagent is still missing and there is no criminal case

Iran's Foreign Ministry said today that it "has no information" about the whereabouts of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in the Persian country in 2007, and that there is no criminal case against him.

Foreign spokesman Abas Musaví explained at a press conference that Iran has opened a case as a "missing person" but not a judicial or criminal one, denying some information published about it recently.

"At the request (of his family), Iran has followed the case of goodwill and based on humanitarian considerations, but has also announced several times that it has no information about its situation," Musaví said.

The exagent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a father of seven children, disappeared in 2007 during a trip on the Iranian island of Kish, in the Persian Gulf.

His family believes he is still alive and the US government has repeatedly asked Iran to help find him.

On November 4, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced a reward of 20 million dollars, much higher than that offered a few years ago, for any information that leads to Levinson,

Pompeo also urged the release of "all Americans detained or disappeared in Iran."

Several Americans, as well as Iranians with dual citizenship, are detained and charged with espionage in Iran, whose authorities have offered the United States an exchange of prisoners.

Tension between Washington and Tehran, which have not maintained diplomatic relations since 1979, has increased due to the US withdrawal of the 2015 nuclear agreement and its reimposition of sanctions against Iran last year.

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