Iran filmmaker accuses FBI of using `pressure` in US custody
An Iranian documentary filmmaker who returned home after reportedly spending two months in US custody has said the FBI held him in solitary confinement and put "pressure" on him, state media reported on Saturday.
Tehran: An Iranian documentary filmmaker
who returned home after reportedly spending two months in US
custody has said the FBI held him in solitary confinement and
put "pressure" on him, state media reported on Saturday.
Hossein Dehbashi, 38, was reportedly arrested on June
6 for forging a letter in the name of the director of
communications of the United Nations supporting his
immigration application to the United States, the English-
language Press TV said on its website.
The website quoted Dehbashi as saying upon arrival in
Iran that he had been arrested for "incomplete immigration
documents" and was held in a "FBI jail called super maximum
security institution" in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Farsi-language state television reported on its
website that Dehbashi was arrested by agents from the Federal
Bureau of Investigation and the US immigration department.
Dehbashi said he was in the United States for four
years working mainly on a documentary about the history of
Iran, including the days under the late shah.
"During the past two years, my house was checked by
the FBI and I was under pressure. Five months ago they checked
my house and took away my passport," he was quoted as saying
on the website.
"I was arrested... and also held in solitary
He said the FBI objected to "some documents I had
concerning the sale of US equipment to Iran before the
"I think the United States wanted to use me (in
dealing with Iran), but they realised I was not important for
the Iranian government," the filmmaker added.
He said he was released after the UN official who was
reported to have written the letter supporting his immigration
application "did not confirm the forgery," state TV website
Dehbashi had entered the United States in May 2006 to
work on a documentary about the United Nations and in February
2007 he opted to become a permanent resident in US, the Press
TV website said.
Earlier this month, an Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri
returned to Tehran after surfacing in Washington a year after
he disappeared from Saudi Arabia while on a pilgrimage.
Amiri claims he was kidnapped by US spies who later
wanted to swap him in exchange for three American hikers held
in custody by Tehran since exactly a year ago.
US media reports say far from being abducted, Amiri
defected to the United States and was paid millions of dollars
to spill Iran`s nuclear secrets.