Wife of Princeton Graduate Student Imprisoned in Iran Pleads for Help

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

American graduate student Xiyue Wang is “very desperate.” His wife, Qu Hua, told NBC News in a broadcast Tuesday that he attempted suicide in the Iranian prison where he's been held for nearly 16 months.

Wang, 36, was arrested in August 2016 on accusation of “archiving thousands of Iranian documents and having connections to American intelligence agencies” while researching Iran's Qajar dynasty for his Princeton University PhD. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Qu, who has a four-year-old child with Wang, told reporters that the potential for her husband's release is now totally reliant on the United States government. She begged the US administration to help: “Only the US government can sort this out, only the US government can help us.”