Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Internet Freedom Advocate & Hostage Nizar Zakka
On September 19, 2017, at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump said “[i]t is time for the [Iranian] regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained.”
Mr. Zakka’s U.S. Attorney Jason Poblete issued the following statement on behalf of his client:
“This week marks two years that Mr. Zakka was unlawfully detained in Iran. Unlike the Obama administration that hid the new Iran hostage crisis from the American people and other nations, unjustly detained persons such as Nizar Zakka finally have a strong voice for liberty in President Trump and his administration.”
Nizar was kidnapped by the Iranian regime on September 18, 2015. Nizar was in Iran because he was invited to speak by Shahindokht Molaverdi at a women’s Internet conference. Molaverdi is a member of Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet and serves as the vice president of Iran for Women and Family Affairs.
More information on Nizar Zakka’s case can be found below.
President Trump’s remarks can be found here.
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