Kamiar Alaei Update

Kamiar AlaeiReports on the status of Kamiar and Arash Alaei have been a bit confusing, but the latest news out of Iran suggests the UAlbany graduate student and his brother have now been convicted of attempting to overthrow Islamic rule in Iran as part of an alleged $75 million US-backed plot.

The brothers, both internationally known AIDS doctors, have been detained in Iran since June. Earlier reports suggested they were convicted several weeks ago, but on Saturday Iranian intelligence officials announced four people were convicted of plotting a "velvet revolution" as part of a CIA plot. Today it was announced that the Alaei brothers were two of the four. Some analysts say the conviction is intended to send a message to Barack Obama about U.S. policy toward Iran.

Kamiar and Arash are now facing prison terms of 1 to 10 years.

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