Morad Tahbaz’s daughter calls on US and UK to do all they can to free her father from Iran

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On the fifth anniversary of her father’s arrest, the daughter of a man wrongfully detained in Iran is calling on the US and UK governments to do everything they can to bring him home .

Tara Tahbaz described her father, Morad Tahbaz, as “one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met – one of the kindest and most generous people.”

“We really miss him. We’re trying to do everything we can to bring him home for us,” she said Tuesday, telling CNN that “the anniversary of his arrest is a very difficult day.

Morad Tahbaz, who is a US, UK and Iranian citizen, was arrested in January 2018 on espionage charges while on a trip to Iran. Before his arrest, he and his wife were banned from leaving the country. In November 2019, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Tara Tahbaz told CNN that her family “continues to ask President (Joe) Biden and Prime Minister (Rishi) Sunak to continue to work together to bring him home urgently and the h -use all available tools.”

“We’ve seen Biden make bold decisions this year to bring home other American hosts, so we’re very hopeful that our family will be next,” she said.

She – along with other families of Americans detained abroad called “Bring Our Families Home Campaign” – hopes to meet directly with Biden.

“I just want him to hear about the pain and struggles we go through on a daily basis, and just urge him to work urgently,” she said. to think that more than anyone, with everything he went through, he would have the compassion to understand the pain we go through.”

“Every day they’re there, it’s so hard and it’s a day where we risk losing them for good and we really hope that he acts as soon as possible so that the bring home,” she said.

Tara Tahbaz expressed concern for her 67-year-old father’s well-being, noting that “he has had cancer and has gone through several medical conditions while in prison,” giving his – into Covid-19 three times. And her fears are compounded by the ongoing protests in Iran, which she said have added urgency to his need to be released.

Although Tara Tahbaz is able to talk to her parents on the phone, she has not seen them in person since November 2017.

“I can’t believe it’s been almost half a year now that we haven’t seen our parents,” she said.

The US State Department has classified Morad Tahbaz as a wrongfully detained person. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced that he would be released, along with fellow wrongfully detained Americans Emad Shargi and Siamak Namazi.

“Reuniting these Americans with their families is a top priority of this Administration,” Sullivan said in a tweet.

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