Trump asked to work for release of 2 jailed by Iran

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Posted: Apr 25, 2017 4:29 AM

VIENNA (AP) — A relative and supporters of two Iranian-American citizens imprisoned in Iran are turning to U.S. President Donald Trump and a U.N. panel in efforts to secure their release.

Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, are both serving 10-year prison sentences on convictions of "collusion with an enemy state" — the United States. Their supporters deny the charges and say the two are being held as pawns to exert leverage on the U.S.

A petition to the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention submitted Tuesday asks for "urgent action" to secure the release of the Namazis. It was filed by the Washington-based Freedom Now human rights group.

At the same time, Babak Namazi says his father and brother are suffering "rapidly declining health" and he urged Trump to "act urgently."