February 22, 2021

Son says Iranian-American sentence commuted but blocked from leaving

Washington (AFP) – Iran has commuted the sentence of an ailing 84-year-old Iranian-American but barred him from leaving, his son said Monday, urging President Joe Biden to prioritize the case. Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF official, was detained in February 2016 when he traveled back to Iran after the arrest in Tehran of his son Siamak Namazi, a businessman. Siamak’s brother, Babak, revealed that the Iranian judiciary commuted the sentence to time served a year ago based on his serious medical problems. “As you can imagine, we were overjoyed that finally the nightmare may be over for my fathe…

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