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Four Suspected Iranian Agents Charged In Absentia For Alleged “Movie-Like” Kidnapping Plot Of U.S. Citizen

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Four Suspected Iranian Agents Charged In Absentia For Alleged "Movie-Like" Kidnapping Plot Of U.S. Citizen

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Four alleged Iranian intelligence agents were charged by US federal prosecutors for allegedly attempting to kidnap a journalist critical of the Tehran government.

The journalist is a U.S. citizen of Iranian origin.

The 43-page indictment unsealed on July 13th details the plan by an Iranian intelligence official and his three assets to track a Brooklyn-based journalist with the goal of bringing her back to Iran.

The court records also include information on a fifth woman based in the U.S. who prosecutors say helped fund the operation.

The indictment in Manhattan federal court doesn’t name the intended victim, who is described as a journalist and human rights advocate.

However, The New York Times reports the journalist and author Masih Alinejad, confirmed in an interview that she was the intended target.

Alinejad lives in Brooklyn and has family still in Iran.

According to the FBI and federal prosecutors, the alleged movie-like plan to kidnap Alinejad and bring her back to Iran started in 2020.

Even earlier, in 2018, Iranian government officials allegedly tried to get Alinejad’s family to tell her to join them in another country outside of the U.S. and Iran.

The alleged goal was to detain her and transport her to Iran for imprisonment. Her family rejected those efforts, prosecutors said.

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement:

“This is not some far-fetched movie plot. We allege a group, backed by the Iranian government, conspired to kidnap a U.S.-based journalist here on our soil and forcibly return her to Iran. Not on our watch. FBI special agents and analysts will continue to aggressively hunt for foreign operatives who attempt illegal action inside our borders or against our citizens.”

The operation was part of a larger plan to lure other potential victims from Canada, the U.K., and the United Arab Emirates back to Iran, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors said the head of the alleged operation, Alireza Shahvaroghi Farahani, is an Iranian intelligence official who lives in Iran.

He guided Iranian intelligence assets, Mahmoud Khazein, Kiya Sadeghi, and Omid Noori, in the plot.

The three men also live in Iran. Farahani, Khazein, Sadeghi, and Noori remain at large.

In an incredibly amateur manner, the men searched online for Alinejad’s home address in Brooklyn and took screenshots of her home, according to the FBI.

In July 2020, the group reached out to a private investigator asking about prices of surveillance services, claiming that they were searching for a missing person from Dubai who fled to New York to avoid repaying debts.

They requested high quality pictures and video of the person’s home and the cars they drove.

Back then, the private investigator provided pictures and videos as requested to the men. He sent images of Alinejad’s home, her comings and goings almost every hour, as well as pictures of her friends and associates, according to the indictment.

At the same time ongoing surveillance continued of Alinejad, prosecutors say Sadeghi and other members of the team researched services offering “military-style speedboats” for evacuations out of New York City, also by searching for that on Google.

One of the four researched a service offering “military-style speedboats for self-operated maritime evacuation out of New York City, and maritime travel from New York to Venezuela, a country whose de facto government has friendly relations with Iran,” the Justice Department said.

Farahani, Khazein, Sadeghi and Noori were each charged with conspiring to kidnap, conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and sanctions against the government of Iran, conspiring to commit bank and wire fraud and conspiring to launder money. A conviction on the kidnapping charge alone could carry a life sentence; the other charges bring up to 20-30 years in prison each.

Prosecutors say the plan was bankrolled by a fifth woman, Niloufar Bahadorifar. While working at a department store, she facilitated payments to the private investigators used by the group to track Alinejad.

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Americunt Dumbass LIARS

This is load of total desperate BS and another attempt to malign Iran. This stupid ugly she-male has no value to Iran.

rafik

She look devil herself and nothing like Iranian. she look more like Zionist Blood then Iranian. Hollywood Army of US can make this bullshit not iran

block

Likely a zionist tranny, properly diapered. This is the only way they can function. No police would guard an Iranian in america 24/7 😂, hilarious propaganda.

YankeeGoHome

Mullahs inherited world’s best secret police – SAVAK from the Shah. Why would they do this amateur production when they have professionals who can do it and leave no trace.

farbat

first of all this is a fake story but tell me how was the savak good?

farbat

this american project failed already nobody cares about alinejad foolish creature so why does america create problems for itself who are these people they throw into prison how does america explain its unlawful behavior etc pp also america doesnt respect its own laws america will not exist for much longer and its pathetic attacks against cuba haiti venezuela and now this laughable show about alinejad wont safe the american failure of a project parasitism is over america is done

Last edited 14 days ago by farbat
block

Sounds like idiotic zionists role playing their hollywood scenario in exchange for unlimited diapers when they get back to the ziostan territory.

Last edited 14 days ago by block
Christian J. Chuba

That is the most insane theory I have ever heard but it doesn’t require much to get a conviction in a U.S. court, especially if it’s a civil case. They did not clarify what it was. The FDD loves getting civil lawsuits against Iran to seize money which is much easier to do than actually arresting IRGC members.

A speedboat to what, a freighter to sanctioned Venezuela, how many of them are there, about 0 by my count. Then of course you have the problem that the trip would take weeks and you have to hide her from the crew while keeping her alive. Under what pretense would they board a freighter.

Arch Bungle

Who do these Iranians think they are? ‘israelis’?

Ty Ty

Nobody hates freedom and democracy more than the Americans

A clown like you

It is an easy answer, why would Iran give two fuks about that ugly h0e?
They don’t, it is just pure BS right out of yanquis and Zion assh0les.

Last edited 13 days ago by A clown like you
jimmy

wtf? does anyone understand this article? sounds like hollywood scenario yet again from US

Tommy Jensen

Some women loves attention. “All men wants to kidnap me”.

farbat

fake news

farbat

the biggest treason to ones own people and to ones nation is to lie because even one single lie is the beginning of the end for a nation because a nation who cant be truthful to itself and to the world has no future to exist in fact in iranian tradition the greatest threat to the nation was always the liars obviously jews are liars so iran threat perception should focus on these creatures until they are either wiped out or that troubled that they stop their behaviors

bluedogg

I wonder who would be dumb enough to fall for this line of B.S. and propaganda, as if Iran is going to spend its time on some news reporter who has no value to Iran whatsoever.

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