Lawyers representing the family of an American citizen from San Diego detained in Iran said Thursday that the Navy veteran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and for disclosing private information by posting a photo on Instagram of a woman he was visiting.
Michael White, 46, was detained in Mashhad, a religious city in eastern Iran, last July after traveling there to visit the woman. It was his third time visiting her in the Islamic Republic, said Jonathan Franks, a spokesman for his family.
White is being held in Vakilabad Prison, which is known for its executions of drug traffickers.
“The ‘inappropriate’ photo was of White sitting with a woman we think is his girlfriend,” said Mark Zaid, a lawyer representing White’s family.
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