Iranian-US detainees involved in swap, fund release
Iranian-US detainees involved in swap, fund release: Under the terms of the swap deal, which also includes the transfer of $6 billion in unfrozen Iranian assets from South Korea, the United States and Iran will each release five individuals that they currently hold.
The Americans detained in Iran who will be freed as a result of the agreement are listed below:
The Revolutionary Guards seized 51-year-old Siamak Namazi, a businessman who has dual citizenship with the United States and Iran, in 2015 when he was in Tehran visiting relatives. After visiting his imprisoned son in Iran, Baquer, his ill father, was taken into custody many months later. In 2016, they were both found guilty of spying on and assisting the US government, and they received ten years in jail.
Baquer Namazi, a dual-citizen and former provincial governor of Iran, was placed under house arrest in 2018 due to health concerns. She fled Iran in 2022 to get medical attention.
2017 saw Sharghi and his spouse relocate from the US to Iran. The 59-year-old Iranian-American businessman was initially detained in 2018 when he was employed by the tech investment firm Saravan Holding. After eight months, a Revolutionary Court found him not guilty of espionage and security-related offenses, but his travel restriction was still in place. He was freed on bond.
He was called before a different Revolutionary Court in November 2020, when they handed out a 10-year prison term for espionage-related offenses. Although he wasn’t originally detained, Iranian media said that in January 2021, while attempting to leave Iran, he was taken into custody.
Tahbaz, a 67-year-old environmentalist who is also a British citizen, was arrested in 2018. In 2019, he was found guilty of “assembly and collusion against Iran’s national security” and “contacts with U.S. enemy government… for the purpose of spying,” and was given a 10-year jail term.
The names of the fourth and fifth inmates remained unknown. The number of American nationals held in Iran is unknown as families and the US government sometimes want to keep these situations private in the hopes of secretly obtaining the release of their loved ones.
DETAINEES FROM IRAN U.S.
According to Iranian sources, Reza Sarhangpour-Kafrani, Kaveh Afrasiabi, Amin Hassanzadeh, Reza Moin-Ansari, and Kambiz Attar-Kashani are the five Iranians who will be released by the United States. According to two Iranian officials, Afrasiabi will stay in the US.
Iran has been requesting the release of Iranian nationals held in American prisons for many years. One Iranian court source told Reuters that there are more than a dozen Iranian inmates being jailed in the United States mostly for “breaching the U.S. sanctions on Iran.”
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