Lebanese man gets 10-year Iran prison sentence

The sentence for Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen who advocates for Internet freedom, comes ahead of Iranian officials attending the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York.

20 September 2016 | 11:37

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 20 September 2016 | 11:37

This March 6, 2013 handout file image shows Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese technology expert and advocate for Internet freedom, delivering a speech during the MENA ICT Forum conference in Jordan. (Courtesy of Friends of Nizar Zakka group via AP, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Supporters of a U.S. permanent resident detained for a year in Iran over spying allegations say he's been sentenced to 10 years in prison and given a $4.2-million fine.

The sentence for Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen who advocates for Internet freedom, comes ahead of Iranian officials attending the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York.

A statement early Tuesday from Jason Poblete, a U.S. lawyer representing Zakka, said a Revolutionary Court in Tehran handed down the sentence in a 60-page verdict that Zakka's supporters have yet to see.

There was no mention of Zakka's sentence in Iranian state media. Iran's U.N. mission did not respond to a request for comment.

The Associated Press reported in May that Zakka's Washington-based nonprofit organization received grants totaling $730,000 from the U.S. government.

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