Monday, 18 March, 2019

US citizen Michael White arrested in Iran, confirming earlier reports

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Iran has confirmed it is holding a US Navy veteran - a development likely to worsen relations between the two countries even further.

Iran has dismissed as "lies" United States media reports suggesting that an American citizen it recently arrested is being held in suboptimal conditions.

Iran had not confirmed the arrest before the state news agency IRNA carried a statement by foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Wednesday, which did not specify when it had happened or what crime he was accused of. "Due to privacy considerations, we have no additional information to provide at this time".

"We have no higher priority than the safety and security of USA citizens overseas".

According to his family, White had traveled to Iran three times to visit an Iranian woman believed to be his girlfriend.

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He added, "Michael is kept among unsafe criminals including murderers and professional drug smugglers and his life is in danger". He described White as fearful and depressed, "suffering psychologically", while being held in a ward with unsafe criminals.

Farhadi said he couldn't discuss whether White had been tortured because they were being watched.

Farhadi said he waited until after he fled to Turkey to speak with reporters about White.

After he didn't board his flight back to San Diego via the United Arab Emirates last July, his mother, Joan White, filed a missing persons report.

White, 46, from Imperial Beach, California, was arrested in July after visiting his girlfriend in Mashhad, his mother told The New York Times earlier this week.

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"I'm very anxious about his health", White's mother told CBS on Tuesday.

Speaking about the relations between countries, Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called US officials "first-class idiots" Wednesday. "He just got over cancer and I'm anxious about his condition".

Several US citizens have been held in Iran in recent years, with Mr Trump warning in 2017 that Tehran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly held American citizens were freed. "We're dealing with an 82-year-old man who has dedicated his entire life to serving humanity", Baquer's son Babak Namazi told NPR.

According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), Vakilabad authorities conduct secret mass executions inside of the prison.

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