Edition: India  
> >

Iran jails American-Iranian father and son for 10 years for 'spying'

Duration: 01:04s - Published: < > Embed
News video: Iran jails American-Iranian father and son for 10 years for 'spying'Iranian media say six people have been sentenced to 10 years prison for spying and cooperating with the United States. They include an Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father, who also has dual citizenship. Siamak Namazi, who is in his mid-40s, was arrested a year ago while he was visiting his family in Tehran. Born in Iran and educated in the US, he worked as a business consultant in Iran for several years, most recently for Crescent Petroleum, an energy company in the United Arab Emirates. His father Baquer was detained last February after coming to Iran to try to secure his son’s release. Baquer Namazi worked for UNICEF in several countries, and was a provincial governor in Iran under the former shah’s regime. Washington has said it is deeply concerned at the reports and has called for all Americans held in Iran to be freed. “We have continually raised the plight of all US citizens who we believe are unjustly detained by the Iranian authorities, and the Namazis are no exception,” said US State Department spokesman Mark Toner. “We are especially concerned about his father who has had some health issues and we believe should be released immediately.” Earlier this year Baquer Namazi’s wife said he had a serious heart conditions and other medical issues requiring special medication. UNICEF has now called for his release on “humanitarian grounds”. Babak Namazi, Siamak’s brother and Baquer’s son, called the sentences unjust. “My father has been handed practically a death sentence,” he said in a statement, which also claimed the pair were each given a single court session lasting a few hours. Conservative media in Iran had denounced links between Siamak Namazi and the National Iranian-American Council, a non-governmental organisation based in Washington created by Iranians living in the United States to encourage the normalising of relations between the two countries. The family have been accused of trying to bring about change in Iran by helping foreign NGOs. Washington and Tehran have not had formal diplomatic relations since the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the US-backed shah. Analysts say the nuclear deal with the West and potential thaw in relations have alarmed hardliners among the authorities, particularly in the judiciary and security forces. Many Western delegations have reportedly arrived in Tehran to discuss possible trade and investment deals. Dozens have been arrested, including Iranians holding joint American, European or Canadian citizenship. According to analysts, the arrests have undermined attempts by President Hassan Rouhani to revive Iran’s business and political ties with the West, as well as push for political and social reforms at home. Four other Iranian-Americans were released from Iranian jails in January as part of a prisoner swap with the United States.

Share on
Share on
Post on 
Share by

Recent related news

Rising in revolt for a noble cause

Bangara S/O Bangarada Manushya Kannada (U/A), Cast: Shivrajkumar, Vidya Pradeep, Srinivasamurthy,...
Deccan Herald - Entertainment

Kulbhushan Jadhav aftermath: Now, mother of Mumbai-based engineer asks if Pakistan will free her son

amid Ansari, a Mumbai-based engineer was the first Indian national to be tried and convicted by a...
IndiaVision - India

Man gets 10-yr jail for raping woman in garb of helping her

The court lamented the plight of the woman, a maid, who was raped in Amritsar by her former...
Zee News - India

Big B, Rishi Kapoor to share screen space after 26 years, to play father-son duo

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Few weeks back, actor Rishi Kapoor revealed on Twitter that he will be...
ANI News - Entertainment

Singapore court jails Bangladeshi for rape of Chinese woman

*Toa Payoh [Singapore], May 19 (ANI): A Bangladeshi construction worker was on Friday sentenced to 17...
ANI News - Asia-Pacific

Used to find my him crying, hurt on private parts: Woman files FIR against ex-husband for sodomising her son

Anjali Tripathi has filed an FIR against her ex-husband and her son's step-father for sodomising him.
India Today - India

Karti leaves for London while under CBI scanner, father P Chidambaram says he'll return soon

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti leaves for London while under the CBI's radar for an...
India Today - IndiaAlso reported by •Zee News

Today is the day of accountability for the corrupt: Goyal

On a day it was voted to power three years ago, the BJP today said this was the day of accountability...
Deccan Herald - Front Page

Chakli case: Mum wants abuser of her sons put to justice

The mother of two children from Ulhasnagar who were paraded naked with their half head shaved for...
DNA - Front Page

You Might Like

Environmentally friendly: newsR is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2017 newsR / One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter