US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson died in Iran: Household | Iran Information
The US authorities has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared greater than a decade in the past, has died whereas within the custody of Iran, his household stated Wednesday.
The household stated in an announcement posted on Twitter that it had no details about how or when Levinson had died, however that it occurred earlier than the current coronavirus outbreak. The household stated data US officers had acquired led them to conclude that he’s useless.
“It’s unattainable to explain our ache,” the household’s assertion stated. “Our household will spend the remainder of our lives with out essentially the most superb man, a brand new actuality that’s inconceivable to us. His grandchildren won’t ever meet him. They are going to know him solely via the tales we inform them.”
Levinson disappeared on March 9, 2007, when he was scheduled to satisfy a supply on the Iranian island of Kish. For years, US officers would solely say that Levinson was working independently on a non-public investigation. However a 2013 Related Press investigation revealed that Levinson had been despatched on a mission by CIA analysts who had no authority to run such an operation.
“Those that are accountable for what occurred to Bob Levinson, together with these within the US authorities, who for a few years repeatedly left him behind, will finally obtain justice for what they’ve achieved,” the household assertion stated. US officers haven’t confirmed the conclusion cited within the household’s assertion.
The household acquired proof-of-life images and a video in late 2010 and early 2011, however his whereabouts and destiny weren’t recognized.
In November, the Iranian authorities unexpectedly responded to a United Nations question by saying that Levinson was the topic of an “open case” in Iranian Revolutionary Court docket. Although the event gave the household a burst of hope, Iran clarified that the “open case” was an investigation into his disappearance.
The announcement of his loss of life comes simply weeks after a federal decide in Washington, DC, held Iran chargeable for his disappearance, saying the nation was “in no unsure phrases” accountable for Levinson’s “hostage-taking and torture”.
Iranian officers didn’t instantly touch upon Levinson’s household’s assertion.