Iran admitted for the first time in a complaint to the United Nations that there is a "running case" in front of the Tehran Procuratorate and Revolutionary Court for retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who was in unauthorized residence in the country was missing CIA mission in 2007, which raises questions about his disappearance.
"According to the last statement of the Tehran Ministry of Justice, Mr. Robert Alan Levinson has an ongoing case [sic] before the Tehran Procuratorial and Revolutionary Court." Filing with the United Nations Working Group on Forced or involuntary disappearance said. The Associated Press received a copy of the file submitted on Saturday.
The Iranian officials did not say how long the case was open or how it had started.
REWARD FOR ROBERT LEVINSON, EX-FBI AGENT MISSING IN IRISH JUMPS TO $ 25M, POMPEO ANNOUNCED
Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US State Department would offer $ 20 million in addition to an already announced $ 5 million reward for information on Levinson's recovery and return.
"The Trump administration has clarified that the regime in Iran must release all missing and unjustly imprisoned Americans, including Robert Levinson, Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi and others," Pompeo said in a statement. "We will not rest until they are reunited with their families."
If Levinson lives, he would be the longest detained prisoner in US history.
Levinson traveled to the country in 2007 as a private detective, allegedly to investigate drug trafficking. During his stay in the country he met the American refugee Dawud Salahuddin, which the CIA wanted to recruit as an asset, said a source Fox News at that time. After the meeting, Levinson was missing.
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Salahuddin was the last known person Levinson saw before he disappeared.
Since then, photos and videos of Levinson in an orange jumpsuit have been made in 2010 and 2011.
Iran said in the past that it knew nothing about its whereabouts, but Levinson's family said they believed otherwise.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.