Friday, 20 February 2009

Fars News Agency: Iran Denies Holding Former FBI Agent

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi here Tuesday rejected claims by a US senator that former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared almost 2 years ago, is in Iranian jails.

Responding to the recent remarks by a US Senator about Levinson's fate, Jamshidi told reporters, "We do not have anyone with this name in our jails or in judicial centers." Levinson's family claim that the former FBI agent had traveled to the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007 to investigate cigarette counterfeiting in the region, but Iranian officials stress that his entry into the Persian Gulf island has never been traced.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson told Newsweek this month that he believed Levinson was alive and that "he's being held by the Iranians."

Elsewhere during the Tuesday press conference, Jamshidi told reporters that Tehran has issued arrest warrants for 7 Bahais on charges of espionage for other countries. "As has been announced repeatedly, action is taken against those Bahais who embark on criminal actions," he said, adding, "And these seven individuals are prosecuted on charges of spying for the aliens." The spokesman said the judiciary would release their lawsuits next week.

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