US Navy vet in Iran sen­tenced to 10 years in prison

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - — NEW YORK TIMES

A U.S. Navy vet­eran held in Iran since July while vis­it­ing a girl­friend has been sen­tenced to 10 years in prison on charges that he in­sulted Iran’s top leader and posted a pri­vate pho­to­graph on so­cial me­dia, his fam­ily’s lawyer said Fri­day.

The lawyer, Mark Zaid, said the fam­ily had been in­formed ear­lier this week by the State Depart­ment of the sen­tenc­ing of the vet­eran, Michael R. White, 46, of Im­pe­rial City, Calif. The in­for­ma­tion was con­veyed to the State Depart­ment by Swiss diplo­mats.

White is the first Amer­i­can im­pris­oned in Iran since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took of­fice.

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