Nizar Zaka on his way to Lebanon after his release


Iran announced the release of Lebanese citizen Nizar Zaka, who was arrested in 2015 on charges of spying for the United States.

Tehran attributed the decision to the release of Zaka to Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah in what appeared to be a slap to the Lebanese presidency and the Lebanese Foreign Ministry, which sought to show it as a victory for their efforts to release Zaqa.

Iranian television said Monday that Tehran would "release in a matter of hours" the Lebanese citizen with permanent US residence, who is likely to arrive in Beirut on Tuesday.

Iranian media sources have reported that a senior Lebanese security official will take part in securing Zaqa's release.

The Director-General of the General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim had gone Sunday afternoon to Tehran, which many considered a strong indicator of the hypothesis of the release of the Lebanese detainee.

Ibrahim stressed that the release of Zakka, who holds a residence in the United States, is not linked to any exchange of prisoners on a wider scale, as was common in some media.

He also explained that "the process of release will take Tuesday after completing the judicial proceedings that are nearing an end."

Zacca is an information technology expert with a permanent residence permit in the United States and was sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in Iran and a $ 4.2 million fine for "plotting against the state."

An Iranian government official called Zaka to Iran in 2015 but disappeared after attending a conference in Tehran and state media later that year said he had ties to the US military and intelligence services and that the IRGC had arrested him.

The Lebanese government has repeatedly called on Tehran to release him, and observers believe that Tehran's credit to the leader of Hezbollah for his release, ignoring the diplomatic efforts of the government and the presidency reflects a lack of respect for the Lebanese regime.


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