WASHINGTON – The United Nations Children’s Fund said on Thursday it is worried about the health and well-being of one of its former officials, an elderly man jailed in Iran for more than a week.
Baquer Namazi, whose son Siamak has been jailed in Iran since October, was himself arrested on Feb. 22 and taken to Tehran’s Evin Prison, his wife said last week on social media. Both the elder Namazi and his son are dual US-Iranian citizens. Baquer Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor, served as UNICEF representative in Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and elsewhere before retiring in 1996, UNICEF said in a statement. “Current and former UNICEF colleagues are deeply concerned about the health and well-being of Baquer Namazi,” the statement said. “We hope he will be reunited soon with his wife and loved ones.” Baquer Namazi is 80 years old and has a serious heart and other conditions which require special medication, his wife Effie Namazi said last week.