American in Iran Jail With Son

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The 80-year-old father of an Iranian-American incarcerated in Iran given final tumble has himself been arrested in Tehran, his family pronounced on Wednesday.

Baquer Namazi, a former United Nations Children’s Fund central and a father of Siamak Namazi, was taken into control on Monday, his wife, Effie Namazi, announced in a Facebook post. Ms. Namazi pronounced she believed her husband, also an American citizen, had been taken to Tehran’s barbarous Evin Prison, where their son has been in control given October.

“This is a calamity we can’t describe,” Ms. Namazi wrote.

Mr. Namazi’s detain came on a heels of a new restrained sell between a United States and Iran that did not embody his son, a business consultant. Four Iranian-Americans, including Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter, were liberated as were 7 prisoners hold by a United States.

The sell occurred as a settle that singular Iran’s chief module in sell for a lifting of Western sanctions was about to go into effect.

Siamak Namazi in 2006.

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But Siamak Namazi’s arrest, and a disaster of Tehran’s supervision to recover him, fearful other Iranian-Americans who had hoped that a chief understanding competence outrider a new epoch of warmer family and business opportunities. Some of them canceled trips to Iran, watchful for his recover or during slightest to learn because he had been taken into control in a initial place.

Citing remoteness considerations, a State Department on Wednesday pronounced it did not devise to recover any information about Baquer Namazi’s arrest.

“We are wakeful of reports that a U.S. citizen was incarcerated in Iran,” Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, pronounced in a statement.

But during a Senate conference on Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican asked Secretary of State John Kerry about Mr. Namazi’s arrest.

“I am really informed with this and we am intent on it specifically, though we am not available due to remoteness reasons to go into sum here,” Mr. Kerry said, according to a twin supposing by a State Department.

Ms. Namazi pronounced that conjunction she nor a counsel had been means to find out about Mr. Namazi’s status. The lawyer, she added, was incompetent to get accede to see Mr. Namazi, a former Unicef deputy in Kenya and Egypt. 

She pronounced Mr. Namazi has a critical heart condition as good as other health problems that need medication.

The elder Mr. Namazi’s apprehension came as Iran prepares for parliamentary elections on Friday. The elections have heightened tensions between hard-liners, who control a law and a absolute ecclesiastic councils, and reformers. It was misleading if that severity had anything to do with a arrest.

Siamak Namazi had been visiting Iran when he was arrested. He grew adult in Iran, Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and a United States, study general family during Tufts and civic formulation during Rutgers. He returned to Iran in 1999 as a consultant for unfamiliar businesses, and in 2007 he changed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

While operative for Unicef in Egypt in 1994, Baquer Namazi survived during conflict by Islamist militants who non-stop glow on dual cars roving in a southern partial of a country, murdering 4 military officers and an assist worker.