Iran confirms 10 year jail term for American national over spying charges

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Iran confirms 10 year jail term for American national over spying charges

TEHRAN: The Iranian judiciary on Sunday upheld a 10-year jail term for an American citizen, two US-Iranian dual nationals and a Lebanese citizen for “collaborating” with the US government.

The Tehran prosecutor’s office said their appeals had been rejected, in a ruling that came at a time of rising tensions with Washington since President Donald Trump came to power.

Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-born American, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for “collaborating with foreign governments”, said Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, quoted by the mizanonline website close to the judiciary.

He said the same sentence was upheld against two dual nationals for “collaborating with a foreign government”, while Lebanese national Nizar Zakka, a US permanent resident, was handed a 10-year term for working with the American government.