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Iranian Scholar Charged With Acting as Unregistered Agent of Tehran: DOJ

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Iranian Scholar Charged With Acting as Unregistered Agent of Tehran: DOJ

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An Iranian political scientist has been charged for secretly influencing U.S. policy and public opinion on behalf of the Iranian regime, the Justice Department said. The department said in a press release that Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi was arrested on Monday at his Massachusetts home for violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires individuals working to advance the interest of a foreign entity to register with the Justice Department and regularly file detailed public reports about their activities. According to a criminal complaint filed in a federal court in New York, Afrasiabi is an Iranian citizen and a lawful permanent resident of the United States. A former political science professor at Tehran University, Afrasiabi is the author of many books and essays on U.S.-Iran relations. His writings have been published in prominent newspapers and academic journals including The New York Times, the Harvard International Review, and the Journal …

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