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Iranian national dies after 'Harsh Interrogation' by US custom officers at Dulles

Source: Mehr News Agency

Daryoush Sarreshteh , an Iranian national and former mayor of Tabriz, died from heart attack days after he was investigated by the customs officers in Dulles Airport, Virginia after a long absence on his way back from Tabriz, Iran.

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Daryoush Sarreshteh, 73, entered the Dulles International Airport in the night of the Presidential Elections in 4th of November with his wife. They had traveled toFalls Church, Virginia, to meet his daughter and granddaughter.

Sakineh is an American citizen and Daryoush was a Green Card holder. He had left the US 3 years ago. His absence made him a suspect in the eyes of the border agents and Customs officers.

According to Sakineh's accounts, Daryoush was investigated, and officers threatened him, and shouted at him. The interrogation lasted more than 5 hours.

"After the interrogation, Daryoush was pallid and horrified. Two days later, he suffered a heart attack and died in his daughter's house in Falls Church," added Sakineh. The family believed that investigation by the customs officers was the real cause of his death. "They take him from us. The 5-hour interrogation was deadly for him," Sakineh said.


Daryoush Sarreshteh

However, Customs officials claimed that they have done nothing inappropriate. Sepideh Sereshteh, a nurse in Falls Church, said that they had treated her father like a dog and killed him.

As mayor of Tabriz, Iran, during the reign of the Shah, Daryoush Sarreshteh cuts a ceremonial ribbon. He had been retired for many years before his death in Falls Church on Nov. 8.


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