Iran General NewsIn Iran, search for American yields little

In Iran, search for American yields little

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New York Times: The wife of a former F.B.I. agent who has been missing since March 8 and was last known to have been on a Persian Gulf island that belongs to Iran left the country on Sunday morning after unsuccessfully seeking clues to her husband’s whereabouts. The New York Times

By NAZILA FATHI
Published: December 24, 2007

TEHRAN — The wife of a former F.B.I. agent who has been missing since March 8 and was last known to have been on a Persian Gulf island that belongs to Iran left the country on Sunday morning after unsuccessfully seeking clues to her husband’s whereabouts.

The former agent’s wife, Christine Levinson, who traveled to Iran on Tuesday along with her son Daniel and her sister Suzan Halpin, said at a news conference on Saturday that they found no new information about her husband.

“We still don’t know where Bob is,” she said about her husband, Robert Levinson, 59, who had gone to Kish, a resort island off the southern coast of Iran, to investigate cigarette counterfeiting for a private company. “The nightmare I and my family are experiencing will continue,” she added, at the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. Switzerland represents United States interests in Iran in the absence of diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran.

Mrs. Levinson traveled to Kish during her stay, spoke to the staff of the Maryam Hotel, where her husband stayed, and showed his photograph to airport workers. She met with Iranian authorities who, she said, have promised to continue to look for her husband.

But she said she believed that her husband was still in Iran because his name has not shown up on any flight manifest leaving the country.

A government spokesman, Gholam Hossein Elham, told reporters on Saturday that the government had no information that confirmed that Mr. Levinson had disappeared while in Kish. “If new information is given to us on this matter, we will follow up the case,” the Iranian Student News Agency quoted him as saying.

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