Man arrested near home of Iranian dissident faces firearms charges | New
NEW YORK (AP) — A man arrested in New York last month near the home of an Iranian opposition activist and writer has been charged with weapons.
The indictment charges Khalid Mehdiyev with one count of possession of a firearm, a Chinese-made AK-47 type assault rifle, with a defaced serial number.
Police arrested Mehdiyev last month after seeing him hiding near Masih Alinejad’s home in Brooklyn, looking out the window and trying to open the front door.
Mehdiyev initially claimed he was in the neighborhood looking for a room to rent, but later admitted he was in the neighborhood “looking for someone,” according to the criminal complaint.
He has been held without bail since his arrest on July 29. A message was left for his lawyer on Thursday evening.
Alinejad became an American citizen in 2019 after working for years as a journalist in Iran. She fled the country after its disputed presidential election in 2009 and has become a prominent figure on Farsi-language satellite channels abroad critical of Iran.
Last year, an Iranian intelligence officer and others were accused of trying to kidnap Alinejad and bring her back to Iran. Iranian officials have denied the accusation.