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World Iran denies US former agent Levinson died there

15:55  26 march  2020
15:55  26 march  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Image copyright AFP. Image caption US officials suspected that Robert Levinson was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence. Iran has denied a claim by the family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson that he has died in custody there , saying he left the country years ago.

Tehran has denied it knows the whereabouts of Robert Levinson after the United States " Iran has always maintained that its officials have no knowledge of Mr. Levinson 's whereabouts, and Family: US Believes Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson Has Died . Levinson disappeared on March 9, 2007

Iran has denied a claim by the family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson that he has died in custody there, saying he left the country years ago.

Robert Levinson wearing glasses: US officials suspected that Robert Levinson was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence © AFP US officials suspected that Robert Levinson was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence

"Credible evidence" suggested Mr Levinson left Iran for an "unspecified destination" at some point in the past, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Iran has always said it has no information about what happened to him.

Mr Levinson's wife says he disappeared on the Iranian island of Kish in 2007, working as a private investigator.

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“ We recently received information from US officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian “They haven’t told us that he’s dead, but a lot of people are thinking that that’s the case.” Levinson disappeared after flying from Dubai to Kish Island

" We recently received information from US officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian Levinson disappeared after flying from Dubai to Kish Island in the Gulf in March 2007. There he met with Daoud Salahuddin, an American Islamic

In a statement on Wednesday, the Levinson family said it had recently received information from US officials that had led them to draw their conclusion.

"It is impossible to describe our pain," they said.

"If not for the cruel, heartless actions of the Iranian regime, Robert Levinson would be alive and home with us today."

Iran reiterated its previous comments about the case, saying it had been trying to find out about Mr Levinson's condition "but could not find any signs of him being alive”.

US officials suspect Mr Levinson was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence forces to be used as a bargaining chip in dealings with Washington.

What happened to Robert Levinson?

There are conflicting claims, but little hard evidence as to the circumstances surrounding Mr Levinson's disappearance.

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The family of a former FBI agent said US government officials have concluded that he has died in custody in Iran . The family thanked Donald Trump for his efforts to get Mr Levinson released, while condemning "those responsible for what happened, including those in the US government who for

The family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson , who disappeared 13 years ago on an island off the coast of Iran , said Wednesday that he died while being held in Iran — the longest held hostage in American history. " We recently received information from US officials that has led both them and us to

His family say Mr Levinson, who retired from the FBI in 1998, was on an unauthorised CIA mission when he went missing on Kish.

Proof-of-life photos and a video were received by Mr Levinson's family in 2010 and 2011, which they later released to media.

The images showed Mr Levinson, who was 58 when he went missing, with a long grey beard and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, similar to those worn by US detainees in Guantanamo Bay.

A sign around his neck read: "why you cannot help me".

Experts determined the video had been sent through Pakistan, while the photos were sent from an internet address in Afghanistan.

Pashtun wedding music could be heard playing faintly in the background of the video, suggesting Mr Levinson could be held in either of those two countries.

Another theory of US officials was that the Iranian government could have routed the images externally in an effort to blame Mr Levinson's disappearance on someone else.

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