A US Navy veteran is held in Iran and sentenced to 10 years in prison there, for allegedly “insulting Iran’s supreme leader and posting private information,” the Associated Press said.
American lawyer Mark Zaid, of Washington, says that Michael White was convicted Saturday.
White is from Imperial Beach, California.
He traveled to Iran to see a girlfriend he met online and never returned home.
White’s mom, Joanne, says she’s worried about her son’s health and prays everyday that his reocurring cancer does not return.
The Iranian government has not announced the conviction and the New York Times is said to be the first to report of it, according to the AP.
White is the first American known to be detained there, since President Donald Trump took office.