Iran Sentences Iranian-Americans to 10 Years

Washington

In response to the sentencing of Siamak Namazi, his father Baquer Namazi, and Nazar Zakka to 10 years in prison, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The Iranian government’s conviction of dual nationals on politically-motivated charges demonstrates its utter contempt for the rule of law and calls into serious question its commitment to improving international relations,” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa programs. “The United States should redouble efforts to gain the release of the Namazis’ and Zakka following their unjust convictions and highlight the systematic human rights abuses committed by Iranian authorities.”

Background:

On October 18, a court in Tehran sentenced Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi, his father Baquer Namazi, and Lebanese citizen and American permanent resident Nazar Zakka, alongside three others, to 10 years imprisonment for cooperating with the “hostile” U.S. government. Their convictions are the most recent in a series of politically motivated detentions of dual nationals since Iran signed the 2015 agreement with the United States and other states to limit its nuclear program.

Iran is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2015.

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