Iran Claims ‘Verdict Has Been Issued’ In Case Against Detained U.S. Navy Veteran

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This January, the terror-exporting Shiite supremacist regime in Tehran confirmed that it had arrested and detained as a hostage a U.S. Navy veteran named Michael White. The Iranian regime effectuated the detention last July. CNN reported in January:

 

US Navy veteran Michael White is in Iranian custody, the Islamic Republic's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, confirming claims made by White's mother a day earlier.

"Michael White was arrested in the city of Mashhad a while ago, and within a few days after his arrest the US government was informed of the arrest through the Swiss Embassy in Tehran," ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said. ...

Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, [White's] mother, Joanne White, declined to discuss why her son was being held. She said she filed a missing person report after he failed to return to work in California in late July.

She is worried about her 46-year-old son's health because he has had cancer and suffers from asthma, she said.

Now, according to Iran's state-run Tasnim News Agency, the Islamic Republic's judiciary has reached a verdict on what it intends to do with White. ABC news reports:

A prosecutor in the northeastern city of Mashdad, Gholamali Sadeghi, was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency that the "verdict has been issued" against White and that he faced unspecified security charges.

Sadeghi's remarks counter a February statement by the Iranian foreign ministry, which said White faces no security or espionage charge. There was no immediate explanation on the discrepancies. ...

White, who has been held in Mashhad, is the first American known to be detained since Donald Trump became president. Trump has pursued a maximalist campaign against Tehran that includes America's withdrawal of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers. Iran has in the past detained Westerners and dual nationals to use them as leverage in negotiations.

 

According to U.S. News & World Report, White was initially detained while he was in Iran visiting his girlfriend.

 

The United States has not had formal diplomatic relations with Islamic Republic of Iran, which is the world's number one state sponsor of global jihadism, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. But bilateral relations have worsened even further under President Trump. As The Daily Wire reported last Monday:

President Trump formally announced the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, 2018. At the time, Trump noted that the deal "was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb," but that it instead "allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and — over time — reach the brink of a nuclear breakout." Trump also noted that the Islamist mullocracy's military budget had recently grown by over 40 percent, and that the mullahs had been using that newfound wealth infusion to "build its nuclear-capable missiles, support terrorism, and cause havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond."

The revolutionary, theocratic Iranian regime celebrated its fortieth anniversary last month. The regime is a close ally of Turkey and Qatar, which both support global Sunni Islamist projects, and is a staunch rival of core regional U.S. allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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