Man arrested with rifle outside home of US-Iranian journalist | Human Rights News


Masih Alinejad, a critic of the Iranian authorities, says she was ‘shocked’ by the arrest outdoors her home in Brooklyn.

A person with a loaded AK-47 rifle has been arrested close to the house of Iranian-American journalist and authorities critic Masih Alinejad in Brooklyn, New York, courtroom paperwork have proven.

Alinejad, who was the goal of an alleged Tehran-backed kidnapping plot final yr, mentioned she was “shocked” by the arrest final week, which turned public on the weekend.

“I’m not scared [for] my life, however that is scary that it’s occurring in entrance of the eyes of the entire world, particularly the US administration,” Alinejad instructed CNN on Monday.

Alinejad has promoted movies of girls violating Iran’s head masking legislation to her hundreds of thousands of social media followers.

An FBI agent wrote in a grievance filed in Manhattan federal courtroom on Friday {that a} man known as Khalid Mehdiyev had spent two days final week outdoors Alinejad’s dwelling, and at one level tried to open the door.

Police stopped him after he ran a cease signal and located the gun within the again seat, in accordance with the grievance.

The grievance didn’t establish Alinejad, however she confirmed to the Reuters information company that the house in query was hers. She mentioned she was now in a secure location.

US prosecutors final yr charged 4 Iranians, alleged to be intelligence operatives for Tehran, with plotting to kidnap Alinejad, who has contributed to the US government-funded Voice of America Persian language service and reviews on human rights points in Iran.

Tehran has dismissed allegations of presidency involvement within the kidnapping plot as “ridiculous and baseless”.

Mehdiyev was charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial quantity. A decide ordered him detained with out bail at a Friday afternoon listening to, courtroom information present. Mehdiyev’s lawyer declined to remark.

After his arrest, Mehdiyev initially instructed legislation enforcement brokers he didn’t know something concerning the assault rifle and that he was in Brooklyn in search of a brand new condo, in accordance with the grievance.

However he later instructed investigators that the AK-47 was his and that he was in Brooklyn “in search of somebody”, the grievance learn. Mehdiyev then requested for a lawyer and declined to reply additional questions.

The incident comes as Washington and Tehran wrestle to discover a path to revive the multilateral nuclear deal after practically a yr and a half of oblique talks.

On Monday, the Biden administration introduced a brand new spherical of sanctions towards corporations it accused of facilitating the sale of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical merchandise from Iran to East Asia.

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