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Masih Alinejad, 44, a producer for Voice of America, told NBC News that she was the target of the plot. She was not named in court documents.
A federal indictment describes a plot that included attempts to lure Alinejad to Venezuela in order to capture her and forcibly hand her over to Iran. The Iranians had a live feed from her home.
Masih Alinejad, who was born in Iran and now lives in New York City, has confirmed that she was the subject of a plot by spies sent from Tehran to kidnap her.
On Tuesday night, Alinejad tweeted: ‘I am grateful to the FBI for thwarting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry’s plan to kidnap me. This plot was orchestrated under Rouhani.
This is the regime that kidnapped and executed Ruhollah Zam. They have also kidnapped and imprisoned Jamshid Sharmahd and many others. ‘
Zam, who had been living in exile in France, was detained after traveling to Iraq in 2019.
He ran Amad News, a popular anti-government website that Iran accused of inciting the 2017-18 protests.
He was charged with ‘corruption on earth’ and executed in December 2020.
Sharmahd, who lived in California, disappeared in July 2020 when he was making a stopover in Dubai while trying to book a flight to India for a business trip.
“As a journalist in Iran, I often got into trouble exposing the mismanagement and corruption of the regime until finally my press pass was revoked,” he wrote.
“I was often threatened with arrest or worse for writing articles criticizing former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the end, I was forced to flee my homeland in 2009. ‘
In 2014, from the United States, she started a campaign against forcing Iranian women to wear hijabs.
Her sister and her niece appeared on state television to disown her.
Alinejad is seen at TheWrap’s Power Women Summit in Los Angeles in November 2018
She continued: “I have stayed out of the reach of the regime, but my family has had the worst of it. There has been financial pressure: threats to revoke business permits and licenses, for example.
“Some family members have been threatened with firing them until they proved their loyalty by offering secrets about me. And, of course, the Intelligence Ministry regularly sends officers to visit my elderly parents. At one point they offered to organize a “family reunion” in Turkey.
“ I can only imagine what they had in mind for me. ”
Her memoir, The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran, was published in 2018.
Her brother, Alireza Alinejad, a father of two young children, was arrested in 2019 and taken to the infamous Evin Prison, where he was held for 10 months before being sentenced to eight years in prison.
Jason Brodsky, senior analyst at Iran International, called it an “important case.”
“The Iranian regime is being accused by the Justice Department of plotting to kidnap an American citizen of Iranian origin,” he told The National.
“This is a tactic that the Islamic Republic has employed before.”
He pointed to the past cases of activist Ruhollah Zam, who was lured from France to Iraq, then kidnapped, taken to Iran and then executed; and Habib Chaab, kidnapped in Turkey by the Iranian regime.
New York City prosecutors charged four Iranian spies with conspiring to kidnap an American journalist from Brooklyn, smuggle her out of the city in a speedboat, and then sail to Venezuela before flying to Tehran, after she criticized the regime for its human rights abuses.
The Iranians investigated how to get the perpetrator out of New York, according to the indictment documents. One of the four investigated a service offering ‘military-style speedboats for autonomous maritime evacuation out of New York City and sea voyages from New York to Venezuela, a country whose de facto government has friendly relations with Iran,’ the Department of Justice said.
“I have been a target for several years, but this is the first time such a bold plot has been hatched and thwarted,” he told NBC by email.
Iranian state media reported in August 2020 that Iranian intelligence agents had captured the 65-year-old Iranian-German dual national. On the same day, Iranian state television aired a program in which the dissident appeared to confess to having been the mastermind of a 2008 bomb attack that killed 14 Iranians and injured 215 others at a mosque in the southwestern city of Shiraz.
He remains in custody and has not yet been charged, and his family says he has been denied a lawyer.
The four spies were named in court documents as Alireza Shavaroghi Farahani, Mahmoud Khazein, Kiya Sadeghi and Omid Noori.
The four defendants all live in Iran, prosecutors said, identifying one of them, Farahani, as an Iranian intelligence official and the other three as “Iranian intelligence assets.”
A fifth defendant, Niloufar Bahadorifar, accused of financially supporting the plot but not participating in the kidnapping conspiracy, was arrested in California.