Iran sentenced Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese resident with irreversible U.S. residency, to 10 years in jail and a $4.2 million fine after he was condemned of working together versus the state, his U.S.-based lawyer revealed on Tuesday.
Zakka, an infotech professional, was welcomed to Iran by federal government authorities a year earlier, however then vanished after going to a conference in Tehran.
State media revealed in November that he had actually been apprehended by Iran’s effective Revolutionary Guards, and reported that he had ties to U.S. military and intelligence services.
Zakka’s fans and his U.S. lawyer Jason Poblete have actually stated that he is innocent of any misdeed.
” Nizar does not acknowledge this procedure,” Poblete stated in a telephone interview. “He existed at the invite of the Iranian federal government, and he was stopped on the side of the roadway by a lot of males. He’s been dealt with as a captive since.”
Poblete stated Zakka had actually found out of his decision last Wednesday, and his Iranian lawyer was informed on Sunday.
“It’s 10 years in jail and a $4.2 million” fine, Poblete stated of the 60-page decision. The Virginia-based lawyer stated he has actually not seen the file however was notified of its contents by Zakka’s Iranian lawyer.
Zakka was charged under Article 508 of Iran’s chastening code, Poblete stated. The code specifies that anybody discovered working together with a foreign state versus the Islamic Republic of Iran deals with a jail sentence of as much as 10 years.
Iran’s vice president for ladies and household affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, welcomed Zakka to go to a conference on ladies’s entrepreneurship in September 2015, inning accordance with a copy of a signed letter from Molaverdi supplied by Poblete.
Amnesty International stated recently that Zakka’s health was weakening in his detention in Tehran’s Evin Prison however authorities were rejecting him healthcare.
In a declaration, Poblete contacted U.S. authorities to use the check out by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the yearly United Nations General Assembly conference in New York today to request Zakka’s genuine release.