FOX News: The ransom effect? Iran handing down harsh sentences for Iranian-Americans after swap
Republican lawmakers say the Obama administration's controversial “ransom” paid to Iran earlier this year is fueling a new wave of harsh sentences being handed down in the country to Iranian-Americans.
“President Obama’s cash ransom payment to Iran makes Americans more vulnerable and encourages unjustified prison sentences and blatant kidnapping like this,” Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio told FoxNews.com on Wednesday.
“Senior Justice Department officials warned the White House that Iran would view the pallets of cash as ransom, but the president didn’t listen, and now Iran is taking more hostages and demanding more money.”
Rubio made the comment after Robin Shahini, who had been living in San Diego, was reportedly sentenced Monday to 18 years for "collaboration with a hostile government."
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Update: U.S. says troubled by reports of another U.S. citizen jailed by Iran (Reuters)
WNU Editor: Yup .... Iran Takes More Hostages: What Did the US Expect? (Majid Rafizadeh, Gatestone Institute).