A researcher with Chinese and American citizenships received allegations of actions of espionage in Iran. His lawsuit ended with a 10-year conviction to prison. Princeton University has already identified the researcher with dual citizenship as Xiyue Wang. He was detained in Iran ever since last summer while he was working on his Ph.D. dissertation.
The Researcher with Dual Citizenship Allegedly Did Spying Work in Iran for America, Princeton, and Harvard
On Sunday, an Iranian court found the Chinese-American scholar guilty of charge. The ruling stipulated ten years in prison for actions of espionage. The 37-year-old man had studied late 19th and early 2-th century Eurasian history at Princeton University. Last year, he decided to spend his summer in Iran to finish his research for the dissertation. However, Iranian authorities got hold of him and kept him in detention since then.
The allegations in this lawsuit concerned Xiyue Wang’s spying in Iran. The gathered intel would then pass on to Princeton’s Iranian Center, the U.S. State Department, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi, a Judiciary spokesman, stated that the man was guilty of accepting U.S. guidance. The convict has 20 days at his disposal to appeal the ruling.
The U.S. State Department Is Still Urging Americans to Be Cautious When Visiting Iran
Wang had Princeton, private counsel, the U.S. government, and other parties as well as help yet to no avail. However, they intend to turn to the appellate authorities in Tehran to cancel the ten years of imprisonment. The U.S. State Department called these charges as “fabricated” and urged Iran to release all American citizens held under unjustified pretenses.
Two years ago, Iran and the West signed off a nuclear contract. Since then, the relations between the two nations ameliorated yet mostly for the business side. As a consequence, the U.S. State Department is still counseling Americans of the perils of visiting Iran. Unfortunately, the researcher with dual citizenship is proof that the Iranian position is still on the alert when it comes to the United States.
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