Age: 56 |
Birth City: آبادان |
Joined on October 02, 2012
It was the fourth time that Namazi, who was detained in February 2016 and later convicted of espionage charges which he denied, had been taken to hospital in the past year, the statement by lawyer Jared Genser said.
Last September, Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor and ex-UNICEF official, underwent emergency heart surgery to install a pacemaker.
“(He) has undergone relentless interrogations and has been held in terrible conditions, including having spent extended periods in solitary confinement,” Namazi’s son, Babak, said in the same statement. “It is becoming more clear by the day that this will be a death sentence for him.”
Namazi was hospitalised on Monday and is still undergoing tests though his health has stabilised, the statement added.
In October 2015, the elite Revolutionary Guards detained Namazi’s son Siamak, a businessman in his mid-40s also with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship, as he was visiting family in Tehran.
Father and son were each sentenced in the autumn of 2016 to 10 years in prison for spying and cooperating with the U.S. government. They denied the charges.
Iran does not recognise dual citizenship and judiciary officials have said both men would be treated as Iranian citizens in the legal process.
Tehran has had no diplomatic relations with Washington since its 1979 Islamic Revolution and ties have deteriorated anew since U.S. President Donald Trump took office a year ago, after a modest detente under his predecessor Barack Obama.
Five other U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents have been arrested in Iran over the past two years - Princeton doctoral student Xiyue Wang; art gallery owner Karan Vafadari and his wife Afarin Niasari; Robin Reza Shahini, an Iranian-American from California; and Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national with U.S. permanent residency >>>
Iranian Rahim Mohammadi wanted 80-year-old Lea Adri-Soejoko to retire from her job as secretary of the Colindale Allotment Association so he could manage it himself, it was claimed.
He allegedly launched into a heated 'monologue' at Mrs Adri-Soejoko at an annual general meeting in September 2016 after she said it was not up to him to decide who should be evicted from their plot.
In February last year, he allegedly beat her up at the allotment in north London and then strangled her with the starter cord of a lawnmower to stop her from reporting the attack, the Old Bailey heard.
Her body was found in a locked mower shed after her family became concerned that she had not turned up at a meeting >>>