Iran claims ‘no knowledge’ of ex-FBI agent’s fate, after family announces he died

Tehran does not know the whereabouts of a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in March 2007, said a spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations on Thursday.

The man’s family, Robert Levinson, said earlier that he died in Iranian detention.

“Iran has always argued that its officials did not know where Mr. Levinson was and that he was not in Iranian detention. These facts have not changed,” said the spokesman for the Iranian mission. , Alireza Miryousefi, in a tweet.

Levinson’s family said in a post on social media and a website on Wednesday: “Today, with a sore heart, we share devastating news about Robert Levinson, the head of our family.”

President Donald Trump said he was not informed that Levinson was dead. White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien later said an investigation was still underway but “we think Bob Levinson may have died some time ago”.

Tehran denied being aware of Levinson’s whereabouts last November, when he said that a court case concerning him was pending before a revolutionary tribunal which deals with security-related cases. Levinson disappeared on the Iranian island of Kish in the Gulf.