Faramarz Javidzad, from Beverly Hills, California, died in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison this week after he was refused medical care for an ulcer, according to the latest reports.
Javidzad, 63, died Saturday, after he was repeatedly denied health care while in prison and ultimately succumbed to his illness, according to Iran Wire.
The news comes soon after it was announced last week that the Biden administration gave the green light for $6 billion to be released to Iran’s regime as part of a five-for-five prisoner exchange.
While it was first reported that Javidzad was a dual national with US citizenship, it was later denied by the State Department.
“We have no records to indicate as well that he was a lawful permanent resident,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters in Washington.
“I will say, however, we are still alarmed by the reports that he was denied medical care by Iranian authorities… while he was in their custody.”
The families of those, like Javidzad, are asking why their loved ones were not included in the deal.
For decades, Javidzad lived in Southern California but traveled to Iran where he ran into some issues while trying to recover family real estate, according to reports. That is when he was detained and put into Evin Prison.
In 1996, Javidzad pleaded guilty to felony criminal charges for alleged fraudulent loans he worked on when he was a loan processor for victims of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the 1993 Malibu fires and the 1992 Los Angeles riots totaling $7 million. At that time he was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison, according to the LA Times.
It is believed that shortly after his sentence was announced, Javidzad traveled to Iran.