Freed American decries Iran’s ‘vile path to profit’ of holding foreigners hostage

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Siamak Namazi was held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison for nearly eight years before the $6bn prisoner swap on Monday

An American citizen freed in a complex exchange deal after being imprisoned for nearly eight years in Iran has urged the Biden administration to launch a “gamechanging global endeavour” to end the Islamic regime’s longstanding practice of holding foreign nationals hostage.

Siamak Namazi, 51, was one of five US citizens released on Monday under the terms of an agreement that saw five Iranians facing charges in the United States granted clemency and Iran being given access to $6bn of previously frozen oil revenues.

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