Iran Sentences Princeton Ph.D. Student to 10 Years in Prison

A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University who was doing research in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the United States, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The student, Xiyue Wang, a 37-year-old U.S. citizen, disappeared months ago on a field trip to Iran. His arrest and conviction were only now officially made known by the Iranian judiciary.

A spokesman for Princeton said the university had already been aware of the arrest and had been working quietly to have Mr. Wang released.

In a statement Princeton said Mr. Wang “was in Iran last summer solely for the purpose of doing scholarly research on the administrative and cultural history of the late Qajar dynasty in connection with his Ph.D. dissertation.”

“We were very distressed to learn that charges were brought against him in connection with his scholarly work,” the statement said.

The Iranian judiciary, calling Mr. Wang one of “America’s infiltrators,” accused him of having connections with U.S. and British intelligence agencies, the Times said.

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