American held in Iran faces 'private complaint': prosecutor

American held in Iran faces 'private complaint': prosecutor

2019/01/25 | 16:00 - Source: Baghdad Post

(ThisDay | Iraq News Now)-

An American held in Iran faces a complaint filed against him

while authorities probe possible security charges against the ex-Marine, an

Iranian prosecutor was quoted on Friday as saying according to Reuters, in a

case that risks further worsening ties with Washington.“There is a private complaint against him,” the

semi-official news agency Mehr quoted Gholamali Sadeqi, prosecutor in the

northeastern city of Mashhad as saying when asked about the detention of

Michael White.Sadeqi did not give details of the complaint.

In the past,

“private complaints” filed by the Revolutionary Guards or other security bodies

have led to arrests of activists and closure of newspapers.Asked whether White faced security-linked accusations,

Sadeqi said, “This is being investigated...

This case is in the process of

investigations and the results will be announced when this is completed.”Iran confirmed White’s arrest earlier this month on

unspecified charges after the New York Times reported that White, a 46-year-old

US Navy veteran, was arrested in July while visiting northeastern to meet his

Iranian girlfriend.The case is likely to further worsen relations with the

United States.

President Donald Trump withdrew from an international agreement

Iran’s nuclear program and re-imposed sanctions last year that hit the Iranian

economy hard.Several Americans have been detained in Iran in recent years

and Trump warned in 2017 that Tehran would face “new and serious consequences”

unless all unjustly held US citizens were freed.White’s mother told the New York Times that her son, a

California resident, suffers acute asthma and had undergone chemotherapy and

radiation treatment for a neck tumor.

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