A former FBI agent who many had given up for dead may still be alive.
Robert A. Levinson’s case is currently “ongoing,” Iran admitted in a United Nations filing, The Associated Press reported.
It is the first time the country has acknowledged the existence of a legal case in its Revolutionary Court surrounding Levinson, who vanished in 2007 after being apprehended on Kish Island, the wire service reported.
Levinson had been in the country on a secret mission for the CIA although the details remain murky. The agency did not have authority to run spy missions in the country, AP reported in 2013. The agency gave the Levinson family a $2.5 million annuity to halt a lawsuit which might have revealed details of the case.
Levinson was last seen with US fugitive Dawud Salahuddin, who is accused of murdering an Iranian diplomat who had been critical of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1980. Salahuddin has been hiding out in Iran ever since.
In November 2010, video emerged of Levinson wearing an orange jumpsuit and pleading to be released and returned back to the United States. He had lost a considerable amount of weight.
Recovering efforts have been impeded by the lack of formal relations between the two countries. The United States has offered a $20 million reward for information leading to his return.