Iran to hand over US resident accused of spying to Lebanon

A top Lebanese security official is in Tehran to secure Zakka’s release, which has been anticipated in recent days.

10 June 2019 | 18:10

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 June 2019 | 18:10

This photo shows Nizar Zakka. (AFP Photo)

TEHRAN, Iran: Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese and U.S. permanent resident held for years in Tehran, “will be released in the coming hours” and handed over to Hezbollah, Iranian media reported Monday.

A report Monday on the Iranian state TV’s website said Zakka was to be released “only because of the respect and dignity” Iran has for the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

An earlier report by the semi-official Fars news agency said Zakka will be handed over to Hezbollah.

Major General Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanon's General Security agency, is in Tehran to secure Zakka’s release, which has been anticipated in recent days.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard detained Zakka in 2015 after he attended a conference in Tehran on the invitation of one of the country’s vice presidents. He was convicted of spying and sentenced to 10 years in prison.


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