Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Iran Court Decision Upholding Siamak and Baquer Namazi Convictions

August 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Tehran Appeals Court upheld the convictions of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, American citizens detained in Iran as political prisoners:

“I strongly condemn the Tehran Appeals Court’s decision to uphold the unjust convictions of Siamak and Baquer Namazi. These two American citizens are being held on baseless charges in a heinous and obvious attempt to exact concessions from the United States. This attempt will not work, and the court’s decision only further erodes Iranian credibility on the Namazi case. I am deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Siamak and Baquer, and I once again urge the Administration to take meaningful action to secure their release, as well as the release of any other United States citizens or legal permanent residents being held in Iran.”

In July 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Congresswoman Lowey, along with Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL27), Ted Deutch (D-FL22), and Ted Poe (R-TX02), calling for the unconditional release of U.S. citizens and permanent residents held in Iran, including the Namazis. Siamak and Baquer were each unjustly sentenced to 10 years in prison for “collaboration with a hostile government.”

Siamak Namazi, who has been held since October 15, 2015, and his 81-year-old father, Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF official in deteriorating health, lived for a time in White Plains, New York, which is represented by Congresswoman Lowey.

In August 2017, Congresswoman Lowey penned a letter to the editor to The Washington Post calling on the Trump Administration to “intensify and maintain pressure on Iran until every American hostage is released.”