US welcomes brief reprieve given to American citizen by Iran

ANI | Updated: Jan 29, 2018 03:55 IST

Washington [U.S.A.], Jan. 29 (ANI): United States has welcomed the temporary release of an imprisoned Iranian-American, Baquer Namazi, after he has been granted a four-day leave by the Iranian government on medical grounds.

"We welcome the release of Baquer Namazi given his deteriorating health but we note that his release is only temporary. We call for the immediate and full release of the Namazi family, including his son Siamek, as well as other Americans unjustly held by the Iranian government," United States Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert tweeted on Sunday.

Baquer, 81, since February 2016, has been in jail along with his son and American businessman Siamek Namazi, who was arrested in October 2015.

Both are serving a 10-year jail sentence, which was handed to them after carrying out a trial in closed doors. (ANI)