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April 13, 2023
The American justice announced Tuesday that they have indicted four “Iranian intelligence agents” for planning the kidnapping of an American reporter of Iranian origin in the United States.
The Associated Press reports that “An Iranian intelligence officer and three alleged members of an Iranian intelligence network have been charged in Manhattan with plotting to kidnap a prominent Iranian opposition activist and writer in exile and take her back to Tehran, authorities said Tuesday.” The indictment doesn’t reveal the victims’ names based on the sensitivity of the case, but Brooklyn-based journalist and activist Masih Alinejad says she was among those targeted in the plot.
The four men had been looking for “June 2020” to remove “An author and journalist who highlighted the human rights violations committed by the Iranian government”, the US Department of Justice said in a statement. They had planned to “Take their victim by force to Iran, where [son] fate would have been, at best, uncertain,” said prosecutor Audrey Strauss.
The 44-year-old Iranian-American appears regularly on the US-funded satellite TV channel Voice of America Persian. There were reportedly other targets living in Canada and America. “I am grateful to FBI for foiling the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry’s plot to kidnap me. This plot was orchestrated under Rouhani. This is the regime that kidnapped & executed Ruhollah Zam. They’ve also kidnapped and jailed Jamshid Sharmahd and many others,” Masih Alinejad said on Twitter.
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