American hostage freed by Iran has roots in NY, Westchester…

YONKERS – Monday was a long-awaited day for the Namazi family, as Siamak Namazi, the longest held of the American prisoners in Iran, was released in a prisoner exchange. By late morning in the U.S., he had landed in Qatar for a prisoner exchange and was then expected to fly to Washington, D.C., his uncle said.

“We have been waiting for this for so long,” said Hushang Namazi, who lives in Yonkers. “I can’t believe it’s finally happened because, as you know, he was the longest American hostage held in Iran, nearly 8 years, since 2015. Finally, finally, after all these years.”

US citizens Siamak Namazi (C-back), Emad Sharqi (bottom-L) and Morad Tahbaz (bottom-R) disembark from a Qatari jet upon their arrival at the Doha International Airport in Doha on September 18, 2023. Five US detainees, three previously identified as Siamak Namazi, Morad Tahbaz and Emad Sharqi and two who wish to remain anonymous, released by Iran landed in Doha in a prisoner swap on September 18 after $6 billion in frozen funds were transferred to Iranian accounts in Qatar. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Siamak Namazi, 52, lived in Westchester for a time and was a 1989 graduate of White Plains High School.

Namazi, along with Emad Sharghi, Morad Tahbaz and two other unidentified Americans, had been jailed by Iran on spying charges. Iran agreed to release them from prison while a $6 billion transfer of frozen Iranian oil funds was arranged. The deal also included the dismissing of U.S. charges against five Iranians accused of skirting American sanctions.

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