NEW YORK (AP) — A person arrested in New York Metropolis final month close to the house of an Iranian opposition activist and author has been indicted on a weapons depend.
The indictment prices Khalid Mehdiyev with one depend of possessing a firearm, a Chinese language-made AK-47-style assault rifle, with an obliterated serial quantity.
Police arrested Mehdiyev final month after he was seen lurking close to the Brooklyn residence of Masih Alinejad, wanting within the window and attempting to open the entrance door.
Mehdiyev initially claimed he was within the neighborhood in search of a room to hire however later admitted he had been within the space “in search of somebody,” in accordance with the prison criticism.
He has been held with out bail since his arrest July 29. A message was left together with his lawyer Thursday night.
Alinejad grew to become a U.S. citizen in 2019 after working for years as a journalist in Iran. She fled the nation after its disputed 2009 presidential election and has develop into a distinguished determine on Farsi-language satellite tv for pc channels overseas that criticize Iran.
Final 12 months, an Iranian intelligence officer and others had been charged with making an attempt to kidnap Alinejad and take her again to Iran. Officers in Iran have denied the cost.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.