An informed source said on Monday that Iran will extradite Nazar Zaka, who was convicted for spying and served in jail for several years, to the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance group in the next few hours.
“This will be done in the next few hours,” the source told.
“Extradition of the American-Lebanese spy has been made only at the request and mediation of Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah,” he added.
The source explained that no talks have been held at any levels with any figure or government on the case, adding that Zaka has been freed and extradited, thanks to Nasrallah’s mediation and the respect Tehran pays to him.
Iran’s judiciary announced on Sunday that it would soon make a final decision on releasing Zaka.
Iran’s Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmayeeli told FNA that Zaka and Lebanese political officials had appealed for his release, and the Judiciary was studying the request in a single, specific case.
He dismissed reports that Zaka has been one of the 691 inmates pardoned by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr – marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan – and said the decision on Zaka is to be made in a separate single case.
Asked if Zaka is to be swapped with anyone or if there is to be any prerequisites for his release, the spokesman said, “His freedom is under study as a special case, but there is yet no condition specified for his release.”
Zaka was arrested in 2015 on espionage charges. Sources told the Iranian state TV at the time that he had “deep ties” with the US military and intelligence services.
Zaka’s photographs showed him in military uniform at a US base in the Riverside county, California.