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Lawyer: US Navy veteran held in Iran sentenced to 10 years

AP  |  Dubai 

A US Navy veteran held in Iran, the first American known to be detained since took office, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, his said Saturday.

told that was convicted on charges of insulting Iran's and posting private information.

Zaid says he learned of the sentence from the State Department, which in turn learned of it from the Swiss government, which looks over American interests in

Iranian have not reported the sentence, which was first reported by

White, of Imperial Beach, California, went to to see a girlfriend he met online and had booked a July 27 flight back home. He never returned.

has pursued a maximalist campaign against that includes America's withdrawal from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers. has in the past detained Westerners and dual nationals to use them as leverage in negotiations.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 23:10 IST