Iran detains president’s brother, sentences Chinese-American

Iran detains president’s brother, sentences Chinese-American

Iran detains president’s brother, sentences Chinese-American

Iran detains president’s brother, sentences Chinese-American

TEHRAN – Iran has jailed a 10-year-old Chinese-American after being accused of “infiltrating” the country and detaining President Hassan Rouhani’s brother on allegations of financial misconduct, authorities said Sunday.

New arrests occur less than two months after relatively moderate Rouhani hit hard-line opponents to win re-election by working largely on his record to maintain his collaboration with the West. They were heralded by the judiciary, a pillar of hard-line influence.

The Chinese national Arab national has been identified as Wang Xiyue, a 37-year history researcher, according to Mizan Online, a website affiliated with the judiciary.

The handles of Americans detained in Iran were not previously known.

“It was found and determined that they gathered (information) and participated in the infiltration,” said the judiciary spokesman, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi at a regular press conference.

In this photo taken Monday, July 3, 2017, Hossein Fereidoun brother and senior adviser to moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, sitting at a conference in Tehran, Iran.

The semi-official news agency Tasnim reported Sunday, July 16, Hossein Fereidoun was arrested in financial matters.
Ejehi did not identify by his name Wang. But hours after his speech, Mizan published an article attributed to an anonymous source that revealed his identity and included several photos of him, apparently through Internet.

Article Mizan said he was born in Peking and entered Iran as a researcher. He emphasized the degree studies that has been carried out at Princeton University in 2013 and 2014, and described it as a fluid Persian speaker.

In a statement, Princeton said Wang was arrested in Iran last summer while conducting research on qajar dynasty from 1794-1925 for his doctorate in the history of Eurasia in the late 19th and early 20th century.

“We were very saddened by the allegations against him as part of school activities, and for his conviction and subsequent conviction,” the statement said.

The university said it was working with Wang’s family, the US government, private lawyers and others for their release. He said he hoped he would be released during the call.

A photo of Wang in the Department of History of Princeton shows is on a plaque at the entrance of the official Xinhua News Agency office in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A short bio on the Princeton Asia website said that Wang had been a Hong Kong partner in 2008-2009, had completed a degree in South Asian Studies from the University of Washington and has Russian studies at Harvard eurasiries.

“For better or for worse, I still can not tell you exactly what he studied in many years,” the site said. “What he knows is that his dream is to circulate the ancient silk route from Xian to Rome.”


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