Ten Iranians Detained in U.S. Jails, Iran’s Press TV Reports

Ten Iranian nationals are detained in the U.S., the state-run Press TV news channel said.

The prisoners include businessman Mohsen Afrasiabi, electrical engineering student Majid Kakavand and Nasrollah Tajik, a former ambassador to Jordan, who were all abducted in Europe and sent to the U.S, Press TV said.

Also on the list is Ali-Reza Asgari, a retired Revolutionary Guard Corps. general and former deputy defense minister, who disappeared in Turkey in December 2006, it said.

Baktash Fattahi, a U.S. resident, was arrested in April 2009 in California and charged with attempting to export U.S.- made military aircraft parts to Iran. Amir Amirnazmi, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was arrested in February 2009 on charges of conducting business with Iranian companies under U.S. sanctions, according to the report.

Amir Hossein Ardebili was arrested in 2009 and has been sentenced by a Delaware court to five years in jail on charges of shipping U.S. military technology to Iran. The other detainees are Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan and Hassan Saeed Keshari, Press TV said.

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