The Iranian judiciary upheld a 10-year jail terms for two US-Iranianians with dual nationality and a US citizen for spying.
According to Tehran’s prosecutor’s office, their appeal had been rejected.
The Tehran’s prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said an Chinese-American national, Xiyue Wang was sentenced to 10 years in jail for “collaborating with foreign governments”,
The same sentence was upheld against two dual nationals, Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi and his elderly father Baquer, for “collaborating with a foreign government”, while Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national with US permanent residency, for collaborating with the American government.
The US State Department had called on Iran in July for immediate release of US citizens and other foreigners detained on “fabricated” national security charges, after Tehran said an unnamed American had been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
“We call for the immediate release of all US citizens unjustly detained in Iran so they can return to their families,” a State Department official said.
He did not refer to specific individuals, but the call followed an Iranian announcement that an unidentified American had been sentenced for alleged “infiltration” of Iran.
“The Iranian regime continues to detain US citizens and other foreigners on fabricated national security-related charges,” the official said.
“The safety and security of US citizens remains a top priority. All US citizens, especially dual nationals considering travel to Iran, should carefully read our latest travel warning.”