CNN is trying to reach his attorney, Stephanie Marie Carvlin, who previously declined to comment when contacted by CNN.
작년, Alinejad was targeted in an alleged kidnapping plot by Iranian nationals after she spoke out against the Islamic republic
. The plot was organized by an Iranian intelligence official
, an indictment alleged
, but Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied any involvement
, calling the accusation
“baseless and ridiculous
,” according to semiofficial Iranian state media
In a CNN interview, she said the Iranian government had been targeting her and her family for her efforts to give voice to those being oppressed in the country where she was born.
Alinejad, a dissident who frequently shares photos and videos of what she calls “voiceless” Iranian women through her social media accounts, says Iranian officials have warned her about her activism.
Mehdiyev, according to a criminal complaint released after he was arrested, told authorities his rent in Yonkers was too high, and he was visiting Brooklyn to find an apartment. The cash was for a hotel room, and he approached the home in the Brooklyn neighborhood because he intended to ask if the owners might rent him a room, before changing his mind, the complaint says he told investigators. The Subaru was borrowed, and he did not know the suitcase — which he said was not his — contained a rifle, he initially told investigators, 불만에 따르면.
The suspect later told agents “the AK-47 was his, and that he had been in Brooklyn because he was looking for someone,” before invoking his right to counsel, the complaint says.
Mehdiyev’s previous court date set for August 12 has been canceled, and no future date has been set yet, according to a spokesperson for the Southern District of New York.