Iran jails 6 on charges of spying for US

Tehran, Oct 19 (IANS) Four Iranian nationals and two dual nationals were sentenced to 10 years in prison each over charges of espionage and collaboration with the US government, a media report said on Wednesday.

The Iranian judiciary has identified two of the convicts as Iranian-American Siamak Namazi and his 80-year-old father Baquer Namazi, and the others as Nazaar Zakaa, Farhad Abd-e Saleh, Kamran Qaderi and Alireza Omidvar, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Following the release of the news, the US State Department demanded the “immediate release” of the two Iranian-Americans by Iran.

Siamak Namazi was arrested in October 2015 and his father, Baqer Namazi, was detained in February this year.

Reportedly, Siamak formerly worked for the Sharjah-based Crescent Petroleum oil and gas company.

Baqer is a former Iranian provincial governor and served as a Unicef representative in Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and other countries.