The US administration on Monday imposed sanctions on two Iranian intelligence officials for their involvement in the kidnapping of US citizen Robert Levinson several years ago. This was announced at a special telephone briefing for journalists by senior US government officials. Later, information about the restrictions was also disseminated by the US Treasury.
вЂњToday, the US Treasury will announce the blacklisting of two Iranian intelligence officials from the Ministry of Intelligence and Security for direct involvement in the kidnapping, detention, and probable death of Robert Levinson. This is the first public action [of the US authorities] against the Iranian government, designed to hold it accountable for the abduction of Mr. Levinson<...> вЂњ, вЂ” said one of the presenters of the briefing.
Restrictions include primarily freezing assets under US jurisdiction, as well as prohibiting US citizens from interacting with these blacklisted ones.
Levinson disappeared during a trip to Iran in March 2007 and was last seen on Kish Island. The man arrived in Iran on a private business trip. However, the Associated Press news agency in 2013 claimed that Levinson was in Iran, allegedly on instructions from the US CIA. In the past, Levinson worked for the FBI and was involved in criminal cases, including the fight against organized crime in the United States, he retired from the FBI in 1998. In November 2019, US authorities pledged to pay up to $20 million in reward for information that would help locate Levinson.