U.S. Indicts Iranian Intelligence Officials on Alleged Efforts to Kidnap U.S. Journalist and Human Rights Activist

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Bruce Zagaris

On July 13, 2021, United States Department of Justice officials unsealed an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charging four Iranian nationals with conspiracies concerning kidnapping, sanctions violations, bank and wire fraud, and money laundering.  The indictment charges a co-conspirator, who is an Iranian national and California resident, with structuring violations.[1]

[1]    United States v. Alireza Shavaroghi Farahazi, U.S. District Court. S.D.N.Y., S1 21 Cr. 430 (RA), Sealed Superseding Indictment, July 15, 2021.  U.S. Department of Justice, Iranian Intelligence Officials Indicted on Kidnapping Conspiracy Charges, Press Rel. 21-652, July 13, 2021.