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17 July 2017, 12:20 | Darnell Patrick
An Iranian court has sentenced a Chinese-American scholar to 10 years in prison on "infiltration" charges, Iran's judicial spokesman said Sunday.
"An American dual nationality agent, having the U.S. nationality and one more (nationality) from another European country, who entered Iran through a special kind of influence, was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence", spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said, according to state media outlet IRNA, the Islamic Republic News Agency.
It was not immediately clear whether Mohseni Ejei was referring to Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen with permanent U.S. residency, who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $4.2mn after he was found guilty of collaborating against the state, according to his US-based lawyer who spoke to reporters in September. "If he secures bail, he will be released".
Wang, a history student studying 19th- and early-20th-century Eurasian history, is one of several Americans in Iranian custody, including Iranian-American art gallery manager Karan Vafadari and his wife, and Iranian-American art gallery manager Karan Vafadari. "All U.S.citizens, especially dual nationals considering travel to Iran, should carefully read our latest travel warning".
"This american spy's mission was to collect information and secret documents" about Iran, said the agency, which adds that he was arrested on 8 August 2016.
"We call for the immediate release of all USA citizens unjustly detained in Iran so they can return to their families", it added.
"Xiyue Wang is a remarkable, linguistically gifted graduate student", Kotkin said. He was in Iran last summer exclusively for the goal of doing scholarly research on the administrative and cultural history of the late Qajar dynasty in connection with his PhD dissertation.
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