Iran arrests aged father of jailed U.S. citizen – family | Reuters

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WASHINGTON Iranian authorities this week arrested a aged father of an American jailed in Iran given October, a man’s family pronounced on Wednesday.

Siamak Namazi, a twin U.S.-Iranian citizen, was incarcerated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Oct while in Iran visiting family. Officials have nonetheless to announce charges opposite him.

Baquer Namazi, Siamak’s father, was arrested late on Monday in Tehran, his mother Effie Namazi pronounced in a Facebook post on Wednesday. The 80-year-old Namazi, also a twin Iranian-American citizen, was taken to Evin Prison, where his son is also being held, she said.

Asked during a Senate conference about a elder Namazi’s arrest, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said: “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.”

Baquer Namazi has a critical heart and other conditions that need special medication, Effie Namazi wrote in her post.

“Now both my trusting son Siamak and my Baquer are in jail for no reason. This is a calamity we can’t describe,” she said. “I am intensely endangered and disturbed ill for Baquer’s health.”

“I have been perplexing to find out some-more information though have been incompetent to do so,” she wrote. “The counsel also couldn’t get any information or get to see him.”

U.S. State Department Spokesman Mark Toner pronounced a group was wakeful of reports that a U.S. citizen had been incarcerated in Iran.

“The U.S. Department of State has no aloft priority than a insurance of U.S. adults overseas,” Toner said. “We take a requirement to support U.S. adults abroad seriously.”

A former Iranian provincial administrator and UNICEF official, Baquer Namazi was some-more recently using Hamyaran, an powerful group for Iranian non bureaucratic organizations. His son Siamak was many recently operative for Crescent Petroleum in a United Arab Emirates, and formerly headed a consulting business in Iran.

Baquer Namazi’s detain comes some-more than a month after a high-profile restrained barter between Iran and a United States, that saw 5 Americans expelled from Iranian jail in lapse for indulgence for 7 Iranians and forsaken detain orders for 14 others. Siamak Namazi was not expelled as partial of that deal.

Iran is believed to be holding several other twin nationals, including Iranian-British citizen Kamal Foroughi, who was arrested in 2011 while operative in Tehran as a business consultant. Iran’s law orator pronounced this month that many of a incarcerated twin nationals face espionage charges.

(Additional stating by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Sandra Maler)

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