Our friend, Iranian-American consultant Siamak Namazi, has been in Tehran's Evin prison for six months. He has not been charged with a crime, and his detention has no legal basis. His health is at risk. He has been through a hunger strike and intense interrogations for the last nine months. Make no mistake: Siamak is innocent.
The motives behind these arrests have been lucidly explained, but news of detained Iranian Americans dies when there are no developments on the ground.
Baquer Namazi is 80 years old and his family says he's on medication for a heart condition.
Hopes for his release were dashed on Saturday -- at least for now.
Jason Rezaian is coming home.
Businessman Siamak Namazi endured interrogations as the story dropped.
I am not writing this piece to attack The Daily Beast for irresponsible journalism. I'm not writing this to defend NIAC either, though The Daily Beast's lies throughout the article about NIAC are deeply upsetting. I am writing to set the record straight about my dear friend, Siamak Namazi.
The attacks are believed to be linked to the arrest of an Iranian-American businessman in Tehran, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The report comes as Washington has urged Tehran to free three other Americans it is holding.