US state department asks Iran to release all Americans unjustly detained; tells citizens to heed travel warning

Washington: The US government on Sunday asked Iran to release all Americans unjustly detained in that country, after learning of a 10-year sentence imposed on a US citizen.

"The Iranian regime continues to hold US citizens and other foreigners captive on bogus charges related to national security," Efe quoted a US State Department official as saying. The unnamed official also called for the "immediate liberation of all US citizens unjustly detained in Iran."

"All US citizens, especially those of dual nationality, who are considering a trip to Iran, should read carefully our latest travel warning," the source said.

Seal of the US Department of State. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Seal of the US Department of State. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

As reported in various US media, a person of US nationality, whose identity has not been released, was sentenced Saturday to 10 years in prison in Iran for entering that country surreptitiously to "gather information."

In October 2016, two US citizens, Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, who also have Iranian nationality, were sentenced to prison in Iran. Washington has been demanding their release ever since.

And because 10 years have gone by since the 2007 disappearance of former FBI agent Robert Levinson in that country, the US government also asked Iran to fulfil its commitment to help find him.

In January 2016, Tehran authorities freed The Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and another three Iranian-American citizens in exchange for the US dropping charges against seven Iranians.

Updated Date: Jul 17, 2017 08:24 AM

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