US-Iranian national, wife jailed in Iran without charge since July

December 2, 2016 21:21

An American-Iranian dual national and his wife have been in detention in Iran without charge or access to lawyers since their arrest by elite Revolutionary Guards in July, a New York-based rights group said on Friday.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) said Karan Vafadari and his wife Afarin Niasari, who run an art gallery in Tehran, were being held in Tehran's Evin Prison.

The Islamic Republic does not recognize dual nationality, a position that prevents Western embassy officials from visiting such detainees.

"Yet another case of a dual national snatched and held without charge or access to a lawyer represents an alarming continuation of a judicial system run by intelligence agencies with no respect for the law and no accountability," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the ICHRI.

The statement said families of the arrested couple decided not to publicize their cases, hoping it would be resolved.

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