US citizen blocked from leaving Iran needs surgery within days: family

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Washington (AFP) – A US citizen blocked from leaving Iran risks death unless he has surgery within days, his family said Monday, appealing for him to be permitted to travel. An Iranian court early last year commuted the sentence of Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF official, but his lawyers said authorities have refused to issue him an Iranian passport, which he needs to leave as Tehran does not recognize dual nationality. Namazi, 84, whose son remains imprisoned, has a blockage in 95-97 percent of one of the main arteries that supply blood to his brain and needs surgery in seven to 10 days, his …

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