Baquer Namazi: American wrongfully held in Iran for greater than six years should endure pressing surgical procedure, his household says

Baquer Namazi, 85, and his son, Siamak Namazi are each thought of wrongfully detained by the US State Division, and the elder is in want of the surgical procedure “within weeks,” his household stated. They’re urging the Iranian authorities to launch his Siamak on furlough to be together with his father throughout and after the surgical procedure.

In keeping with an announcement from Perseus Methods, which represents the household, he already had well being issues at the moment, and has developed additional medical points throughout his six years detained. Though his sentence was commuted, he has been barred from leaving the nation to hunt medical care.

“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,” the assertion stated.

“His health troubles culminated in near total blockages in his right ICA last October, putting him at high risk of having a potentially fatal stroke,” it stated. “Iranian authorities ignored international pleas to lift Baquer’s travel ban and forced him to undergo the necessary carotid endarterectomy in Iran, despite the heightened risk to his life posed by the stressful environment, poor aftercare, and rampant Covid-19 infections in the country.”

Baquer survived a surgical procedure to deal with blockages in his proper ICA, however “new scans have revealed that severe blockages in his left ICA require Baquer to urgently undergo surgery again and Iranian authorities appear poised to subject him to the same unnecessary dangers as before.”

Babak known as on the US authorities “to drastically increase its efforts to obtain my family’s freedom before it’s too late.”

“Time is not on our side,” he stated.

Siamak was blocked from leaving Iran after visiting in July 2015 and underwent months of interrogations earlier than being arrested in October 2015. Baquer was lured to Iran beneath the false premise that he would have the ability to see his son. He was as an alternative instantly taken into custody at the moment, in February 2016.

US efforts to free Baquer and Siamak, in addition to two different wrongfully detained Americans — Emad Sharghi and Morad Tahbaz — have did not yield outcomes. The State Division has stated these conversations are being pursued individually from negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal, which have additionally but to achieve a breakthrough.

On Tuesday, State Division principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel declined to touch upon Baquer’s medical points, citing privateness issues, however stated the US is “continuing to approach negotiations to secure the release of four wrongfully detained US citizens with the utmost urgency, and will continue to urge Iran to do the same.”

“Iran must allow Baquer and Siamak Namazi, Emad Sharghi, and Morad Tahbaz to return home to their loved ones,” Patel stated.