Iranian intelligence agents plotted a brazen kidnapping of Brooklyn dissident journalist, USA prosecutors to tell
Alinejad was not identified by prosecutors but on Sunday she said she was the intended target in last incident of the week video posting on Twitter what she said showed the man outside her home. Video, in whose weapon was not visible, apparently was seized by the doorbell camera.
“Last year The FBI stopped the Islamic Republic from kidnapping me. My crime gives voice silent people. The US administration must be tough on terror,” she wrote on Twitter.
According to criminal complaint filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on On Friday, suspected Khalid Mehdiyev was spotted by law enforcement officers near home in brooklyn on Wednesday and Thursday.
The complaint states that during that time he “behaved suspiciously” by getting in and out of a gray Subaru Forester SUV several times. times, ordering food for vehicle and apparently trying to look inside windows of in house.
The NYPD arrested him nearby. on Thursday afternoon, after he didn’t stop at the bus stop sign and was found drive without a license.
On subsequent search of the vehicle investigators found loaded machine gun type AK-47 in a suitcase on back seat, court document shows together with identification for Mehdiyev shows home address in Yonkers. The serial number of the rifle appeared to have been destroyed, but the markings indicated that it was made Norinco, Chinese state manufacturer of firearms and military reserves.
suitcase also contained $1,100 in one hundred-dollar accounts, investigators say.
According to criminal complaint, Mehdiyev first said that he did not know About gun and what suitcase was not him. He told investigators he borrowed vehicle and that he put his wallet and other personal items in front pocket of in suitcase for “storage”.
During the interview with law enforcement, he stated that he was in Brooklyn is looking for a place to live and that he tried to open the door of residence knock on the inner door to ask if the tenants would rent him a room. He told investigators that changed his mind because he thought he could wake a sleeping or sick passenger, the court document said.
But later, the complaint says, he called investigators. back and told them that the rifle belonged to him and that he in Brooklyn because he was looking for somebody.
Mehdiyev was charged with one count of possession of a firearm with a destroyed serial number and held without bail. His attorney, Stephanie Carvlin, did not immediately respond to a request. for comment Sunday evening.
Several Exiled Iranian Dissidents Disappear Under Mysterious Circumstances in recent years, although threats such as alleged faced from Alinejad on US soil is especially rare.
Alinejad, longtime critic of theocratic government in Tehran, got human rights award in Geneva in 2015 for creating facebook page with invitation women in Iran, where wearing the hijab is mandatory, post Pictures of yourself without headscarves. She is a prominent figure on Farsi-language satellite channels abroad, which is critical view Iran.
Last month she wrote in column for The Washington Post reported that Instagram had restricted her account following a video she shared. critical of Iranian government went viral; it was viewed by 2.8 million times on Instagram and more than 1 million times on Twitter. An Instagram spokesperson said that at the time the restriction was imposed “incorrectly because of technical issue”.
On Sunday, Alinejad tweeted that she was “shocked to learn that the killer with a loaded AK-47 came to me home in Brooklyn. She is added: “I’m grateful to the federal agents, but the Administration must make more to protect US citizens.”