Iran sentenced two Iranian-Americans to 10 years in prison each on spurious charges of spying. Siamak Namazi and his 80-year-old father Baquer both dual Iranian-American citizens, follow a long list of dual nationals arrested by the Islamic Republic and held on trumped-up charges.
Siamak was arrested last September, just a short time after the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was accepted by all parties. His father, a retired official with the United Nations, was arrested in February while visiting his son in jail.
Ironically, Siamak, a businessman, was connected to the National Iranian American Council, a pro-regime lobby group in Washington, D.C. He spoke out against U.S. sanctions on Iran and advocated for closer business ties between the countries.
As pointed out by The Wall Street Journal, the recent payment by the U.S. to Iran of $1.7 billion in cash received on the day a number of U.S. hostages were released “has created an incentive for them to imprison more Americans to trade for some future concession.”
Even considering Siamak was promoting the Iranian regime, “the mullahs put their need for U.S. hostages above gratitude for such political assistance. Revolutions tend to devour their foreign sympathizers.”