ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson dies in detention, family announces

Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson of the United States who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 2007 in Iran, is “dead while in detention“in this country, his family announced in a statement.

We recently received information from American officials who led them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in detention in Iran.“She said. Without being able to date the death, the family only estimated that it had occurred before the Covid-19 epidemic.

Without being able to give the causes or the date of death, the family only estimated that it had occurred before the Covid-19 epidemic.

The United States wanted to achieve the return of Robert Levinson

The US government did not react immediately.

Last week, the American diplomat Mike Pompeo had asked Tehran to “immediately release” all American nationals against the threat of coronavirus in its prisons. “We also ask the regime to honor its commitment to work with the United States to achieve the return of Robert Levinson“, he insisted.

The administration of Donald Trump, who made the release of his nationals “hostage” or “unjustly detained” abroad a priority, had several times displayed his determination to “locate” Bob Levinson so that he “could return “.

Earlier in early 2016, the previous administration of Barack Obama had said it believed Robert Levinson was no longer in Iran. A reward of five million dollars had been announced for any information that could have led to his location and his return to the United States.

Iran fingered by family of FBI agent

It is impossible to describe our grief“said his family in a statement.”Without the cruel and heartless acts of the Iranian regime, Robert Levinson would be alive and at home with us today“, she added, stressing having”expected responses for 13 years“, without any contact.

She also accused the Iranian authorities of having “lied to the world all this time“assuring that he did not know what had happened to this ex-FBI agent.

They kidnapped a foreign national and deprived him of his basic rights, his blood is on their hands“The family accused, also attacking” those who, in the American government, have abandoned it for so many years “.

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