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    US Urges Iran to Free Two US Citizens Reportedly in Prison in Tehran

    FILE - The Obama administration is calling on Iran to free businessman Siamak Namazi, pictured in an undated photo, and his father.
    FILE - The Obama administration is calling on Iran to free businessman Siamak Namazi, pictured in an undated photo, and his father.
    Ken Schwartz

    The Obama administration is calling on Iran to free two U.S. citizens — a father and son — who are apparently being held in prison on charges that are unclear.

    Iranian authorities arrested businessman Siamak Namazi in October and his father, 80-year-old Baquer, last month. Both are dual U.S. and Iranian citizens.

    Their family believes they are being held in Tehran's notoriously brutal Evin prison. But Iran has not provided any information about the two.

    State Department spokesman John Kirby said U.S. officials are deeply concerned about the Namazis.

    "We're not aware of any charges against either man and we believe that both reported detentions are unjust," Kirby said Friday.

    Kirby said the U.S. was calling on Iran to work with Swiss diplomats — who represent U.S. interests in Tehran — and free the two men as soon as possible so they can be reunited with their family.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said last month he was "engaged" in the Namazi case, but would not give any details.

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    by: MKhattob from: USA
    March 19, 2016 9:34 PM
    In the last 37 years, the Iranian nation has lived under the reign of the most backward regime. The truth is that the clergymen who rule Iran do not belong in this age and cannot deal with the realities of the modern world. At best, the Islamic revolution of 1979 was the revolution of century against century. They believe that after 37 years of mismanagement and brutality, the only way they can extend their rule is by increasingly terrorizing their critics. The Islamic regime has taken this noble Iranian nation into the Middle Ages, creating some of the most medieval laws and implementing them against its citizens in the most vicious manner.

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