Iran sentences US resident to 10 years in jail over spying claims

Iran sentences US resident to 10 years in jail over spying claims

The Guardian: World News

Nizar Zakka, a campaigner for internet freedom, was held in Iran after being invited to a conference

A US permanent resident detained for a year in Iran over spying allegations has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $4.2m fine, his supporters said on Tuesday. The case is the latest in an Iranian crackdown on those with foreign ties following the country’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

The sentence for Nizar Zakka – a Lebanese citizen and advocate for internet freedom whose nonprofit group did work for the US government – comes as Iranian officials travel to the UN general assembly this week in New York.

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