Iran Protests at British Judge Verdict on Former Diplomat

Iranian foreign ministry here on Friday voiced its strong protest at a recent court ruling issued by a British judge for the extradition of a former Iranian diplomat to the US on charges of the purchase of a number of night-vision binoculars.

“Despite all the proofs and evidence presented to the court by (the former Iranian diplomat) Mr. Tajik’s lawyers in the last few months, the British judge has unfortunately issued a primary verdict for his extradition to the US for the verification of the charges; this court ruling is not acceptable and Mr. Tajik has objections,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said.

Hosseini further stressed, “As already witnessed frequently, this story is a plot organized by the US intelligence agencies and there is no doubt that it has been practiced through cooperation of the relevant British intelligence agencies against a former Iranian diplomat and citizen who has been to England to continue his studies.”

He said since the very beginning of the issue, the Islamic Republic of Iran has voiced strong protest at the processing of the case, adding that the legal processing of the case has been under intense pressures of the US and its allies since the beginning.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman expressed the hope that British judges would revise the case away from the United States’ international pressures and influence and exonerate the Iranian national through a fully independent verification of the case.

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