Kid Says Iranian American Sentence Commuted But Blocked From Leaving

Iran has actually commuted the sentence of an ailing 84-year-old Iranian-American however disallowed him from leaving, his boy said Monday, prompting President Joe Biden to focus on the case.

Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF official, was apprehended in February 2016 when he traveled back to Iran after the arrest in Tehran of his child Siamak Namazi, a businessman.

Siamak’s brother, Babak, exposed that the Iranian judiciary commuted the sentence to time served a year ago based on his severe medical problems.

” As you can imagine, we were satisfied that finally the headache might be over for my daddy and he can leave Iran to get the much-needed medical attention and procedures and to spend what little time he has actually entrusted to his grandchildren,” Babak Namazi told an online news conference.

Babak said his daddy went on a “wild goose chase” despite disease to obtain a brand-new passport to leave Iran however that it turned out the Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards had actually placed a travel ban on him.

Iranians using protective masks in December 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, which the family of Iranian-American Baquer Namazi is particularly worried about as it seeks his release AFP/ ATTA KENARE

” It is beyond outrageous that Iran continues to have fun with my father’s life,” he stated.

” My family expects that President Biden and his administration will not make concessions or handle Iran that do not include– and, indeed, requires a prerequisite– the release of my daddy and Siamak,” he stated.

Baquer Namazi needs a stent for the main artery to his brain, which is 80 percent blocked and puts him at serious threat of a stroke, said the household’s lawyer, Jared Genser.

The Biden administration last week offered to meet Iran under the aegis of the European Union to jumpstart diplomacy to restore a denuclearization arrangement.

Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, on Sunday stated that the releases of Americans would be a “significant priority.”

” We intend to extremely straight interact with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage, the humanitarian disaster that is the unjust, illegal detention of American citizens in Iran,” Sullivan told CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

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