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Darian Dalili has not seen his father since 2016, when Shahab traveled to Iran for a household funeral and was detained.

The Dalili household had been hopeful that their seven 12 months nightmare could possibly be coming to an finish amid experiences {that a} fourth unnamed American is perhaps included in a deal with Tehran, Darian advised CNN. Shahab is an Iranian citizen and a US authorized everlasting resident.

“However then when the precise official information broke out, all these hopes had been crushed,” Darian stated.

“The very first thing I did, I took my telephone and I ship out an e-mail to the few those that I had e-mail addresses from within the State Division … and I included this line on the underside: ‘You’re leaving my father to die,’” he added.

The US State Division has stated that the 5 Individuals – two of whom stay unnamed – released on house arrest and included in the deal are categorised as wrongfully detained – a designation that has not been given to Shahab.

Each father and son launched a multi-day starvation strike and Darian has protested in entrance of the White Home and the State Division within the hopes of getting solutions.

“It’s a choice of frustration, of disappointment, and of desperation,” Darian advised CNN.

He stated his father, who’s imprisoned in Tehran’s infamous Evin jail, had tried to persuade him to not do a starvation strike out of concern concerning the lasting impression on Darian’s well being, however when his son couldn’t be persuaded out of it, Shahab determined to affix him. Darian ended his starvation strike on Tuesday out of concern for his 60 12 months outdated father’s well being as a result of “he’s not giving up till I quit.”

Darian defined that Shahab had labored as a ship captain for buying and selling ships earlier than retiring and coming to the US together with his household. He had traveled to Iran to attend his father’s funeral in 2016 and was detained on his option to the airport to return to the US. When the flight he was alleged to be on arrived again in Washington, Shahab was not on board.

“Mainly for the 48 hours or so after his arrest, we didn’t even know if he was alive,” Darian stated. “That first 48 hours was absolutely the worst of my life.”

The Iranian authorities finally charged Shahab with aiding and abetting a hostile nation – the identical cost given to Siamak Namazi, who was arrested in 2015 and was designated as wrongfully detained by the US authorities earlier than being transferred to accommodate arrest final week.

Darian stated he intends to proceed his protest “till we get some kind of some kind of convincing response from the Biden administration,” from somebody with the facility to make selections.

“I wish to see legit steps being taken to on the very, very, very least, designate my father as a wrongfully detained individual. It’s been seven years,” he stated.

State Division deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel confirmed Monday that Shahab “has not but been decided wrongfully detained,” including, “we don’t focus on the precise particulars of particular person instances who haven’t deemed – been deemed wrongfully detained.”

“There’s a course of that’s ongoing because it pertains to actively reviewing and assessing particular person instances for indicators for wrongful detention. I’m actually not going to get into these,” he stated. Patel stated that performing Particular Envoy for Iran Abram Paley had spoken with the Dalili household; Darian advised CNN that he didn’t give them any solutions, and he believes he solely obtained a response due to his e-mail about leaving his father to die.

Requested on Tuesday why Shahab has not but been designated, Secretary of State Antony Blinken didn’t reply, saying as a substitute that “we proceed to look and can all the time proceed to take a look at the conditions, circumstances of different Individuals around the globe who could also be detained.”

CNN’s Kylie Atwood contributed to this report.

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