Rouhani's brother arrested on financial charges: Judiciary

Oceane Deschanel
Julho 17, 2017

"Since his arrest, the university has worked with Mr. Wang's family, the USA government, private counsel and others to facilitate his release". The name of the U.S. citizen has still not been revealed and it will be done only after the appeals court approves the sentence. Since then, "infliltration" has become a code word for those accused by the authorities of having links with the west.

In June, the u.s. Senate has passed a bill for new sanctions against Iran, accused of "supporting acts of worldwide terrorism". Mohseni-Eje'i said Wang was "directly directed by the US".

Wang, a history student studying 19th- and early-20th-century Eurasian history, is one of several Americans in Iranian custody, including Iranian-American art gallery manager Karan Vafadari and his wife, and Iranian-American art gallery manager Karan Vafadari.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the university said Wang was arrested while carrying out research linked to his doctorate dissertation on the Qajar dynasty.

Princeton said that it is "very distressed" by the charges leveled against Wang while he was carrying out scholarly research in the Islamic Republic.

After reports of his sentence, Princeton in a statement said it already knew of Wang's arrest, adding: "Since his arrest, the university has worked with Mr. Wang's family, the USA government, private counsel and others to facilitate his release".

In a statement, the department of State confirmed that "to be aware of information regarding Xiyue Wang, a u.s. citizen detained in Iran", a formulation that is generally interpreted as a confirmation.

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"We continue to use all the means at our disposal to advocate for USA citizens who need our assistance overseas, especially for the release of any unjustly detained USA citizens held overseas", the State Department said. "The safety and security of USA citizens remains a top priority".

In October, U.S. -Iranian business consultant Siamak Namazi and his 80-year-old father Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF official, were sentenced to 10 years in prison for "espionage and collaboration with the American government".

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The Mizan article said Wang was born in Beijing and entered Iran as a researcher. The allegations were based on an anonymous "informed source", Mizan Online said.

The judiciary's Mizan News Agency said Wang had "spider connections" with USA and British intelligence services.

"The American spy arrested in Iran was also at the centre and his mission was to collect confidential information and documents", Mizan said, adding that he had copied 4,500 documents.

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