Dilemma of Dual Nationalities

The judiciary spokesperson Mohseni Gholamhossein Ejei

The Iranian regime Judiciary on Sunday, February 4 acknowledged that it has granted medical leave to an ailing 81-year-old Iranian-American prisoner convicted of espionage charges, allowing him to leave prison for medical treatment. A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary sought to downplay any expectation that Bagher Namazi would be released indefinitely following his recent operation to install a pacemaker, however. Namazi, a former UNICEF representative who served as governor of Iran’s oil-rich Ahwaz [Khuzestan] province, was sentenced with his businessman son, Siamak, to 10 years to prison.

Speaking about the case, the Iranian news anchor in this report, says, “The spokesman for the Iranian judiciary has denied the US Department of State’s claim regarding the release of Bagher Namazi who, due to the crime of espionage, is serving his sentence in prison”.

Speaking at a press conference broadcast on state TV, the judiciary spokesman Mohseni Gholamhossein Ejei stated, “He[Bagher Namazi] has not been freed, as I said earlier; like many prisoners who can go on leave, he went on a three-day leave since he needs to go to the doctor, Whilst he was out of prison, they requested that the leave be extended for two or three days more so that he can go to doctor and his request has been approved for another three days, therefore he basically is not released but like all prisoners, he went to leave and I guess his leave must have come to an end yesterday or today.”