Friday, 05 June, 2020

Former FBI agent Levinson dead in Iranian custody: family

Robert Levinson, retired FBI agent, presumed dead in Iranian custody over a decade after disappearance Bob Levinson's Family Says US Concludes He Died in Iran
Deanna Wagner | 26 March, 2020, 10:49

The family of Robert Levinson, a federal agent missing for over 13 years, has announced usa officials conclude he has died in Iran custody before the global coronavirus pandemic.

The family thanked President Trump and USA officials for their efforts to find Levinson. "I don't accept it".

They said: "It is impossible to describe our pain".

"We recently received information from U.S. officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian custody", his family said in a Wednesday statement.

But the family statement also said: "Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the USA government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done".

"We will spend the rest of our lives making sure of this, and the Iranian regime must know we will not be going away". His grandchildren will never meet him.

Levinson's family posted on Facebook details of intelligence they had received from USA officials concluding that the ex-agent had died.

Levinson was the longest-held hostage in USA history, and his family had fought for over a decade for his safe return, blaming the Iranian regime for his capture and imprisonment.

President Donald Trump didn't verify Bob Levinson's demise, saying that Iran had not communicated any information on the previous agent who would have turned 72 this month. The family said that US officials had received information that led the officials to determine that Levinson is likely dead.

"It's not looking good; he wasn't well for years anyway, in Iran", Trump said. On March 9, the FBI's Washington field office noted the anniversary of Levinson's disappearance and called the date "another opportunity for the leadership of the government of Iran to finally return Bob home to his family". They haven't told us that he's dead.

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"They have not informed us that he is lifeless, however lots of people are considering that that's the case", he mentioned. "Feel badly about it".

This image provided courtesy of the Levinson family shows former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Robert Levinson, shackled and holding a sign, who went missing on Kish Island, Iran, on March 9, 2007.

The family said it does not know when or if Levinson's body will be returned for burial.

"Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the USA government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done", the family statement said. At the time, the USA government maintained that he was there on his own.

In the years since Levinson's disappearance, his family has received only scattered signals that he was alive.

The Iranian Government has never publicly acknowledged any role in Mr Levinson's abduction.

ABC News also reported past year that Levinson's case had been set aside by the Obama administration during negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal, senior officials of both the Obama and Trump administrations confirmed, while a handful of other Americans were set free in 2016.

"It has been 13 years waiting for answers".

Mr O'Brien added in his statement: "Iran must provide a complete accounting of what occurred with Bob Levinson before the United States can fully accept what happened in this case".

In a tweet, Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, said he mourns for the Levinsons.