Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Jailed US resident excluded from Iran hostage deal begins hunger strike, his son says

WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A U.S. permanent resident detained in Iran since 2016 has begun a hunger strike in protest of his exclusion from last week’s deal between Washington and Tehran that could eventually result in the release of five Americans jailed in Iran, his son said on Monday.

Shahab Dalili, 60, a shipping captain who had emigrated to the United States after retiring, was detained in Tehran in April 2016 during a visit for his father’s funeral.

He was charged with aiding and abetting a foreign country and was handed a 10-year prison sentence that he is serving in Iran’s Evin prison which holds many political prisoners. …