Family: US Believes Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson Has Died

Former FBI Agent Bob Levinson

Iran has denied a claim by the family of former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Robert Levinson that he has died in custody there, saying he left the country years ago.

For years, USA officials would say only that Levinson was working independently on a private investigation.

"Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the U.S. government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done", the family's statement said. His body has not yet been returned to us for a proper burial.

U.S. officials suspect Mr Levinson was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence forces to be used as a bargaining chip in dealings with Washington. "It's not looking promising", Trump said at the White House Wednesday when he was asked about Levinson.

Levinson disappeared when he traveled to the Iranian resort of Kish Island in March 2007.

However, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday, based on what he called credible evidence, Levinson had left Iran "years ago" for an unspecified destination.

"We're going to keep working doggedly to determine the circumstances surrounding Bob's abduction and his time in captivity, to find the answers we all want and that the Levinsons deserve", Wray said.

Levinson is considered one of various People who've disappeared in arch-enemy Iran however his case has been among the many most perplexing, together with his household till now insisting he was alive. "That is the very definition of cruelty".

"It is impossible to describe our pain", the statement said. Documents his family obtained by an Iranian source and provided to ABC News last fall appeared to show that Iranian military prosecutors ordered him detained on the island on suspicion of spying and held him for months at a military airfield even after he slipped into a coma that they said was caused by his diabetes.

"Initially Levinson - or a complete accounting of what had happened to him - was to be a part of the deal, but the Rouhani administration decided there was no political value of the time in acknowledging after eight years that yes, Iran had been responsible for his disappearance", Rezaian wrote in his book, "Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison - Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out".

The family received a video in late 2010 and proof-of-life photographs in 2011 in which he appeared disheveled with a long beard and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit like those given to detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison. But even then, his whereabouts and fate were not known.

In November, Iran acknowledged for the first time in a filing with the United Nations that there was an "ongoing case" in the Public Prosecution and Revolutionary Court of Tehran for Levinson, despite having previously denied knowing about his whereabouts.

Washington also maintains tough economic sanctions on Iran.

The judge's decision followed a weekslong trial of emotional testimony from Levinson's family, including each of his seven children.

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