An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, Iranian media reported on Tuesday. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in October 2015 detained Siamak Namazi, a businessman in his mid-40s with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship, while he was visiting family in Tehran. The IRGC in February arrested his 80-year-old father, Baquer Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor and former UNICEF official who also has dual citizenship. Both men were sentenced to 10 years in prison for spying and cooperating with the U.S. government, according to the Fars news website, which did not specify when exactly the sentences had been handed down.
My father has been handed practically a death sentence.Babak Namazi (Siamak's brother)
The sentences were the latest sign of an intensifying crackdown against Iranians with ties to the West, directed by hardliners who are powerful in Iran's judiciary and security forces in the aftermath of Iran's historic nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers last year.