Tue Jun 11, 2019, 10:47 AM

Iran Frees Lebanese Man, U.S. Resident Imprisoned for Spying

By Nicholas Sakelaris

June 11 (UPI) -- A Lebanese man who spent nearly four years in an Iranian prison on spying charges will be released, the government in Tehran announced Tuesday.

Nizar Zakka, 52, is a permanent U.S. resident who was accused of spying on Iran for the United States when he attended a conference in 2015. The United States subsequently called for his release.

Zakka operated the Arab ICT Organization, which promotes information technology and Internet freedom in the Middle East. Zakka was arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Guard and eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison on spying charges. He was also fined $4.2 million.

Officials said Lebanese President Michel Aoun negotiated with Tehran to have Zakka released.


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