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Elderly American Baquer Namazi Reportedly Arrested in Iran

by NBC News /  / Updated 

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An elderly U.S. citizen whose son has been jailed in Iran for the past four months has reportedly been arrested by Iranian authorities.

Image: Siamak Namazi
Iranian-American consultant Siamak Namazi is pictured in this photo taken in San Francisco, California, in 2006. Baquer Namazi, Siamak's 80-year-old father, was reportedly arrested in Tehran, Iran, on Monday.Ahmad Kiarostami / Reuters

According to a Facebook statement from the family, 80-year-old Baquer Namazi was taken into custody on Monday.

His wife believes he has been taken to the infamous Evin prison, where their son — Siamak Namazi — has been in custody since October.

Both the father and son are said to be dual U.S.-Iranian citizens.

At a Senate panel hearing on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said he was aware of the situation, but couldn't comment due to privacy reasons.

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