US sanctions Iranian intelligence operatives over plot to kidnap journalist


The US Treasury Department announced on Friday it has sanctioned four Iranian intelligence operatives behind a failed plot to kidnap New York-based journalist and human rights activist, Masih Alinejad.

Those sanctioned include senior Iran-based intelligence official Alireza Shahvaroghi Farahani as well as Iranian intelligence operatives Mahmoud Khazein, KiyaSadeghi and Omid Noori, Treasury said.

US prosecutors in July charged the four with plotting to kidnap the Iranian-American journalist, author, political activist, and women’s rights activist who is critical of Tehran.

“The Iranian government’s kidnapping plot is another example of its continued attempt to silence critical voices, wherever they may be. Targeting dissidents abroad demonstrates that the government’s repression extends far beyond Iran’s borders,” Andrea Gacki, head of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The sanction blocks all properties of the four Iranians in the United States, and prohibits any transactions between them and US citizens. Other non-Americans who conduct certain transactions with the four could also be subjected to US sanctions, the department added. (Source: CNA)