Siamak Namazi, who has been detained since October 2015, stated his strike marked the seventh anniversary of Washington’s choice to exclude him from a prisoner launch that noticed 5 different Individuals freed after the inking of a historic denuclearization cope with Iran.
Namazi had referred to as on US President Joe Biden to think about the plight of American prisoners in Iran for a minute every day — one “for every of the seven years of freedom he… misplaced” because the prisoner swap, based on a press release launched by his lawyer on Monday.
“I went on starvation strike as a result of I’ve discovered the onerous method that US presidents are inclined to rely extra on their political thermometer than their ethical compass when deciding whether or not or to not enter a prisoner cope with Iran,” he stated.
“I denied myself meals for a complete week in order that perhaps President Biden will acknowledge simply how determined the state of affairs of the US hostages right here has turn into.”
In line with his lawyer, Namazi misplaced about 10 kilos (4.5 kilograms) and his blood stress spiked above regular ranges through the starvation strike. He additionally struggled to remain heat, the assertion stated.
Namazi was blocked from leaving the nation after a 2015 go to and sentenced to 10 years for collaborating with a overseas authorities, prices that he denies and that US officers have referred to as groundless.
After Donald Trump nixed the nuclear cope with Iran, the Biden administration had sought to revive it, whereas additionally insisting the pact couldn’t go ahead with out the discharge of imprisoned Individuals.
However, after painstaking negotiations, Biden has acknowledged that the deal is successfully useless.
Tehran usually refuses to acknowledge twin citizenship and earlier this month introduced the execution of British-Iranian twin nationwide Alireza Akbari, convicted of spying for the UK, a cost he denied.