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Thursday 15 October 2015 Natasha Schmidt

Security Agents Jail Iranian-American

Update, October 28: IranWire can now reveal that the businessman has been named as Siamak Namazi, director of the strategic planning office of the Crescent Oil Company, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. Since his arrest, a Lebanese ICT expert, Nizar Zakka, has been reported missing after speaking at a conference in Tehran.

Security agents have arrested an Iranian-American businessman in Tehran, IranWire has learned.

A dozen plainclothes agents raided the family home of the businessman, who was visiting Iran, earlier this week. According to IranWire’s source, they ransacked the house, confiscated property, and took the dual national to Evin Prison.

The news coincided with reports of Iranian-Americans being hacked.  Several Iranian-Americans and US-based Iranian experts reported that they received suspicious emails sent from the businessman’s account. This follows similar attacks on associates of a European-based Iranian businessman who had traveled to Iran to visit family and look into possible business opportunities as Iran and the P5+1 move toward finalizing the nuclear deal approved in July.

“I’m usually very careful about the emails I open, because so many of my friends have been hacked," said a prominent Iranian-American scholar whose account was hacked after he received a phishing email. "But I trust my friend [the arrested Iranian-American businessman], so I opened his email. And then I realized that my whole system had been hacked."

On Monday, October 12, Iran’s judiciary passed a verdict on the case of Jason Rezaian, the jailed Washington Post correspondent, without releasing specific details about the case. News also emerged on October 15 that Kamal Fouraghi, an Iranian-Briton, has been held in Evin Prison since 2011. His family, who has until now been silent about Fouraghi’s imprisonment, decided to go public because of the 76-year-old’s failing health. Both Rezaian and Fouraghi face charges of espionage. 

 

Related articles:

Iran Reaches Verdict on Jason Rezaian — But Stays Silent on Details

"My Friend was Arrested in Iran, and then my Email was Hacked"

 

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