Iran has denied a declare by the household of former FBI agent Robert Levinson that he has died in custody there, saying he left the nation years in the past.
“Credible proof” recommended Mr Levinson left Iran for an “unspecified vacation spot” in some unspecified time in the future prior to now, a international ministry spokesman stated.
Iran has at all times stated it has no details about what occurred to him.
Mr Levinson’s spouse says he disappeared on the Iranian island of Kish in 2007, working as a non-public investigator.
In a press release on Wednesday, the Levinson household stated it had not too long ago obtained info from US officers that had led them to attract their conclusion.
“It’s unattainable to explain our ache,” they stated.
“If not for the merciless, heartless actions of the Iranian regime, Robert Levinson could be alive and residential with us as we speak.”
Iran reiterated its earlier feedback concerning the case, saying it had been looking for out about Mr Levinson’s situation “however couldn’t discover any indicators of him being alive”.
US officers suspect Mr Levinson was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence forces for use as a bargaining chip in dealings with Washington.
In an electronic mail to employees, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated the bureau wouldn’t surrender on “discovering out what occurred” to Mr Levinson.
“We’ll maintain working doggedly to find out the circumstances surrounding Bob’s abduction and his time in captivity,” he wrote.
What occurred to Robert Levinson?
There are conflicting claims, however little exhausting proof as to the circumstances surrounding Mr Levinson’s disappearance.
His household say Mr Levinson, who retired from the FBI in 1998, was on an unauthorised CIA mission when he went lacking on Kish.
Proof-of-life photographs and a video had been obtained by Mr Levinson’s household in 2010 and 2011, which they later launched to media.
The photographs confirmed Mr Levinson, who was 58 when he went lacking, with an extended gray beard and sporting an orange jail jumpsuit, much like these worn by US detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
An indication round his neck learn: “why you can not assist me”.
Specialists decided the video had been despatched by means of Pakistan, whereas the photographs had been despatched from an web tackle in Afghanistan.
Pashtun marriage ceremony music could possibly be heard taking part in faintly within the background of the video, suggesting Mr Levinson could possibly be held in both of these two nations.
One other idea of US officers was that the Iranian authorities might have routed the photographs externally in an effort accountable Mr Levinson’s disappearance on another person.