Robert Levinson’s family posted on social media that “We received received information from US officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian custody.” His death apparently was unconnected to the spread of coronavirus in Iran over the last two months.
The US has been increasing pressure on Iran regarding retired FBI special agent Levinson. He was kidnapped on Kish island in 2007. The FBI noted on March 9: “Today marks the 13th anniversary of the abduction of Robert A. ‘Bob’ Levinson from Kish Island, Iran. Bob Levinson was abducted on March 9, 2007, and is the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. Tomorrow, Mr. Levinson will turn 72 years old. Bob served his country for 28 years, including 22 years as an FBI special agent. This anniversary is another opportunity for the leadership of the government of Iran to finally return Bob home to his family…”
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