The family of an American man imprisoned in Iran has expressed serious concern for his well-being after he penned a suicide note.
Robin Shahini, 46, a dual Iranian-American citizen and resident of San Diego for the past 16 years, was sentenced in October to 18 years in prison for “collaborating with a hostile government," referring to the United States.
His sentence also included a blasphemy charge for “insulting the revered” on a Facebook page, according to the official sentence handed to Shahini.
His trial lasted just three hours, his family said.
In an emotionally charged letter to his girlfriend, that was shared with The Foreign Desk, Shahini wrote, “The situation that I am in is ridiculous and my brain cannot cope with this situation. Most of the time thinking to end my life to become free.”