Iranian officials have reportedly arrested a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, multiple news organizations are reporting, citing family members and friends of Siamak Namazi.
Namazi, the head of strategic planning at the Dubai-based Crescent Petroleum, was visiting Tehran at the time of his arrest on October 15 from his family’s home by security agents. IranWire, a news organization run by Iranian expatriates, reports the agents “ransacked the house, confiscated property, and took the dual national to Evin Prison.” It quoted unnamed sources for its story on the arrest. The New York Times quoted “people close to him” for its report and The Washington Post cited “a family friend who did not want to be identified.”
Namazi, who is reportedly in his 40s, has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University and a master’s in urban and regional planning from Rutgers University. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a former public policy scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., who advocates for closer relations between the U.S. and Iran. In 1998, he founded Future Alliance International, a consulting company focused on the risk of doing business with Iran, according to his bio on the Wilson Center’s website.