Lawyers urge Iran to let Iranian American go overseas for surgical procedure


WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Lawyers for an 84-year-old Iranian American, who was previously imprisoned by Iran and whose son stays jailed there, urged Tehran on Monday to let him depart the nation for medical care, saying he wants speedy surgical procedure for an arterial blockage.

Baquer Namazi was convicted of “collaboration with a hostile government” in 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in jail. Iranian authorities launched him on medical grounds in 2018 and closed his case final yr, commuting his sentence to time served.

However, his son, Siamak Namazi, 49, stays in jail in Iran after being convicted of the identical cost. The U.S. authorities has described the costs in opposition to each as baseless.

Iranian Americans, whose U.S. citizenship is just not acknowledged by Tehran, are sometimes pawns between the 2 nations, at present at odds over whether or not to revive a fraying 2015 pact below which Iran restricted its nuclear program in return for financial sanctions aid.

In a letter to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, a lawyer for the household, Jared Genser, stated the elder Namazi wanted speedy surgical procedure for a 95%-97% blockage in one in all his inner carotid arteries, which provide blood to the mind.

It cited one doctor as saying he required surgical procedure inside seven to 10 days and it argued this have to be carried out outdoors Iran each as a result of restoration requires a stress-free setting and since Iranian hospitals are combating COVID-19.

The Iranian mission to the United Nations didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Genser stated Namazi has been below an efficient worldwide journey ban since his case was closed, arguing that this, in addition to his prior remedy by Iranian authorities, constitutes a violation of his “right to health” below the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Genser requested the particular rapporteur to analyze and to induce Iran to let Baquer Namazi journey overseas for remedy.

“My dad is dying,” one other son, Babak Namazi, informed Reuters by telephone from Dubai. “When Iranian courts themselves have commuted his sentence over a year and a half ago, why are they not allowing him to leave to get needed medical attention outside of Iran and to spend what little time he has in care of his family and grandchildren?”

Reporting by Arshad Mohammed with extra reporting by Michelle Nichols
Editing by Mark Heinrich

A surgery nurse beside a heart beat monitor in the operating theatre of the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) hospital in Berlin, February 29, 2008. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch