Iranian American Siamak Namazi (45), is a global citizen who has lived in Iran, Kenya, Egypt, the United Stated and Dubai, United Arab Emirates where he has lived since 2007.
Siamak holds a master's degree from London Business School and recognized as a Young Global Leader, and has also acted as a member of WEF Global Agenda Council.
Throughout his career, Siamak has only served as a consultant, scholar and company executive. He has never engaged in any other trade, business and the like and is not and never been a “businessman.” Siamak has never engaged in any political activity.
Siamak's humanitarian contributions are illustrated through his advocacy to bring changes against US sanctions that were affecting medicine reaching the Iranian people. In 2013, Siamak devoted a few months to study and to speak out against sanctions that blocked humanitarian trade with Iran. Siamak worked independently to find out the root of the problem and then published his findings.
Siamak presented his study at the Woodrow Wilson Center WWC publication in February 2013 and subsequently penned an op-ed in the New York Times, March 1, 2013. Siamak’s efforts was widely considered the most detailed study on the matter and led to significant changes in OFAC’s policies allowing more lifesaving medicine and medical equipment to reach the people of Iran.
Arrest and Conviction:
On 18 July 2015, after a weekend visit to his parents, Siamak Namazi was intercepted at Tehran airport and prevented from leaving Iran by the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and his passports confiscated. What followed were three months of almost daily interrogations by the IRGC.
On 13 October 2015, Siamak was unjustly arrested by the IRGC and was transferred to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Recently, Iranian online media have shown videos of what purports to be the moment of Siamak’s arrest.
Since his arrest, Siamak has been kept under harsh conditions including spending most his time since arrest in solitary confinement, having to sleep on the floor, no access to legal counsel and under continuous and exacting interrogations. Siamak has had limited access to the outside world and never been allowed to see his father, Baquer Namazi, age 80, who was also arrested on 22 February 2016 by the IRGC at Tehran airport upon return from a short family trip abroad. Siamak has lost considerable weight and his mental well-being rapidly deteriorating.
Siamak’s trial of a few hours was on 1 October 2016. Siamak was allowed a very short meeting only days before the trial with a lawyer and never provided with a meaningful opportunity or means to defend himself.
On 17 October 2016, Siamak was unjustly convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for “collaboration with hostile government” in a trial that lasted for only a few hours.
Siamak's father, Baquer Namazi, an 80 year old retired UNICEF official was similarly convicted for 10 years on the same date and for the same charges.