Iran acknowledged for the first time in a UN report that there is an "ongoing case" in the Prosecutor's Office and the revolutionary court in Tehran for retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in the country during an unauthorized CIA mission in 2007 and asks questions about his disappearance.
"According to the last statement from the Ministry of Justice, Robert Alan Levinson has an ongoing case [sic] in the Prosecutor's Office and the Revolutionary Court in Tehran," filing to the UN Working Group on Forced Procedures or Involuntary Disappearances. The Associated Press received a copy of the application on Saturday.
Iranian officials did not say how long the case has been open or how it began.
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Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Department of Foreign Affairs would offer $ 20 million on top of a $ 5 million reward already provided for information that led to Levinson's recovery and return.
"The Trump administration has made it clear that the regime in Iran must release all missing and unfairly incarcerated Americans, including Robert Levinson, Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi and others," Pompeo said in a statement. "We will not rest until they reunite with his families. "
If Levinson lives, he would be the longest held prisoner in US history.
Levinson traveled to the country as a private investigator in 2007 invisible to investigate drug smuggling. While in the country, he met the American refugee Dawud Salahuddin, whom the CIA hoped to recruit as an asset, told a source at Fox News at the time, Levinson disappeared after the meeting.
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Salahuddin is the the last person known to have seen Levinson before his disappearance.
Since then, photos and videos of Levinson appeared in an orange jumpsuit in 2010 and 2011.
Iran has said earlier that it had no knowledge of his whereabouts, but Levinson's family has said they believe otherwise.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.