Iran detains Iranian-American dual national

By REUTERS
July 24, 2016 15:50

 
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DUBAI - Iran confirmed on Sunday the detention of an Iranian-American visiting the country, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals in the past year.

Asked about reports of the arrest of a dual citizen on national security charges, Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference: "The report on the arrest of an Iranian-American dual national is correct," the semi-official Fars news agency said.

It was not immediately clear if he was referring to the case of San Diego, California-based Robin Reza Shahini who was detained while visiting his mother in the northeastern city of Gorgan earlier in July, according to the Los Angeles Times and other Western media.

The Iranian government does not recognize dual nationality, which prevents relevant Western embassies from seeing individuals who have been detained.

According to former prisoners, families of current ones and diplomats, in some cases the detainees are kept to be used for a prisoner exchange with Western countries.

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