US student gets 10 years in Iranian jail
IRAN: An Iranian court has sentenced a graduate student from Princeton University to 10 years in jail on spying charges, Iran’s judiciary spokesman said yesterday, the latest case involving dual citizens held on security charges in the country.
Xiyue Wang, 37, was accused of ‘‘spying under the cover of research,’’ said Mizan, the Iranian judiciary’s official news site. Wang was born in China but was naturalised as an American citizen.
‘‘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,’’ spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said. The US State Department accused Iran of fabricating national security-related charges to detain Americans and other foreigners. ’’We call for the immediate release of all US citizens unjustly detained in Iran so they can return to their families,’’ a State Department official said.
Wang was arrested in July 2016 as he was trying to leave Iran. - Reuters