According to an NBC source, Emad Shargi was sentenced without any trial
American businessman Emad Shargi is accused by Iranian authorities of espionage and sentenced to 10 years in prison. NBC reported this on Sunday night, citing a statement by a friend of Sharghi’s family.
The report noted that such actions by Iranian authorities could complicate diplomatic efforts by the future administration of President-elect Joseph Biden, who previously said he would “be open to easing sanctions on Tehran if that regime returns to compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement.”
Sharghi, 56, who holds Iranian-American citizenship, was summoned to court in Tehran on Nov. 30, charged with espionage, and sentenced to 10 years in prison without a trial, according to a TV source. His family has not heard from him since.
According to the broadcaster, Sharghi became the fourth Iranian-born American citizen taken into custody in Iran. Siamak Namazi (since 2015), his father Baqer, and Morad Tahbaz, an environmental activist who also has British citizenship, are also in detention in that country.
Sharghi was born in Iran and educated in the United States. In 2016, he and his wife returned to Iran to reconnect with their homeland, his family said. In the U.S., he worked in the plastics industry, then worked with an aviation brokerage firm in Abu Dhabi. He was first arrested in Iran in April 2018 and detained until December 2018, when he was released on bail. In December 2019, an Iranian court found no violations of the law in Sharghi’s actions but still did not return his Iranian and U.S. passports.
The network did not specify which country or countries Sharghi was accused of spying for by Iranian authorities.