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AFP
March 17, 2019

American sentenced in Iran

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AFP
March 17, 2019

WASHINGTON: An Iranian court has sentenced an American to 10 years in prison for insulting the country’s supreme leader and posting a private picture, his lawyer confirmed on Saturday.

Michael White, 46, a 13-year US Navy veteran, was arrested in July in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad while visiting a girlfriend he reportedly met online.

His lawyer Mark Zaid confirmed that White was sentenced to two years for insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and 10 years for posting a picture, apparently to be served concurrently.

"We remain very concerned about his health as he has pre-existing medical conditions but we’ve been informed he appears to be in a good state at the moment," Zaid said in an email.

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