US stu­dent gets 10 years in Ira­nian jail

The Southland Times - - WORLD -

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

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