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US seeks to nix charges against Iranian man in prisoner swap

The U.S. government is asking a federal judge to drop charges against an Iranian man to satisfy the terms of a prisoner swap

US seeks to nix charges against Iranian man in prisoner swap

NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government is urging a federal judge in New York to drop charges against an Iranian man to satisfy the terms of a prisoner swap between the countries.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan told Judge Kevin Castel on Monday that charges against Alireza Goudarzi (A'-lee-ree-zah GOO'-dahr-zee) should be dismissed as part of a "one-time, unique agreement" to get U.S. prisoners held in Iran released.

Goudarzi has been a fugitive since the Malaysian government refused his extradition after he was accused in 2012 of illegally trying to buy military parts.

President Barack Obama announced the deal last month granting clemency to six Iranian-Americans and one Iranian serving sentences or awaiting trial in the United States. The deal also called for the dismissal of charges against 14 Iranians, including Goudarzi.


Updated : 2021-01-17 23:30 GMT+08:00