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10/18/16

Iran Sentences Iranian-American Businessman, His Father Each To 10 Years

Source: RFE/RL

An Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father have reportedly been given 10 years in prison each for cooperation with the United States. Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were jailed for "collaborating with the hostile American government," the Mizan news agency reported on October 18.


Siamak Namazi (right) and his father, Baquer (file photo)

Family members say Siamak Namazi was detained as he arrived in Tehran in October 2015.

His father, a retired UNICEF official who also holds dual Iranian-American citizenship, was detained in February this year.

The United States has called for the release of the two men.

In the past months, several dual nationals, including Iranian-Americans, have been detained in Iran in what appears to be a crackdown on warming ties with the West following last year's nuclear agreement with world powers.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and Mizan

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