Who is Baquer Namazi, 85-year-old American released by Iran?
Baquer Namazi, an 85-year-old American citizen was released by Iran
Namazi's release may be temporary
The American citizen was released to seek medical treatment
Baquer Namazi, an 85-year-old American citizen, was released by Iran recently for him to obtain medical treatment abroad, the United Nations Secretary General spokesperson Stephane Dujarric announced. Namazi was released from detention along with his son Siamak Namazi. The conditions of what right now seems like a temporary release are yet to become apparent, according to CNN.
Baquer Namazi has been in Iranian prison for six years. Detained at age 79, Namazi has suffered numerous health issues across his time in jail. Namazi’s attorney Jared Genser said in a statement Saturday that his client’s travel ban has been lifted for the first time in seven years. “For the first time in seven years, Siamak Namazi is at home with his parents in Tehran.”
“While these are crucial first steps, we will not rest until the Namazis can all return to the United States and their long nightmare has finally come to an end,” said the attorney.
Who is Baquer Namazi?
Baquer Namazi is an American-Iranian who served as the Khuzetan Province governor under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Namazi is 85 years old and suffers from several medical conditions.
Earlier this month, Namazi’s family, who are represented by Perseus Strategies, said Baquer Namazi has been suffering from several illnesses for a long time and his time in prison has caused more illnesses. Namazi’s sentence has been commuted but he was barred from living the country until the current development.
“The horrific prison conditions, denial of proper care, and overall trauma of the past six and a half years have been devastating for Baquer’s physical and mental health. He developed stress-induced, adult-onset epilepsy, as well as severe depression. He is often confused, becomes easily fatigued, and has difficulty moving around and maintaining his balance, which has resulted in several falls,” a statement from his family read.