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A number of Iranian nationals are being kept at Dammam prison, Saudi Arabia, and some of them have been executed. (File photo)

A number of Iranian nationals are being kept at Dammam prison, Saudi Arabia, and some of them have been executed. (File photo)

An Iranian lawmaker has called on the officials of the Islamic Republic to file a lawsuit with The Hague against the recent executions of a number of Iranians in Saudi Arabia. Ali Jalilian, a member of Iran’s Majlis Legal and Judicial Committee, described Riyadh’s recent move against Iranian citizens as a ‘blatant violation of human rights,’ stressing that Tehran should file a suit with The Hague or the international court of justice against Saudi officials for disregarding the rights of foreign prisoners. He also said that under Article 36 of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR), local authorities must inform all detained foreigners "without a delay" of their right to have their consulate notified of their detention and to communicate with their consular representatives. The remarks come as Amnesty International has also condemned Saudi Arabia for the recent execution of a number of Iranian citizens, warning that a large number of people are being executed in the kingdom after ‘grossly unfair’ trials. On April 18, Press TV reported that Saudi officials had executed eight Iranian sailors in the eastern city of Dammam without any legal proceedings. According to the Saudi Al-Tagheer news channel, the executions were carried out on April 15 on the order of the Saudi Interior Ministry, which has been implicated in the unrest in Syria and the violence in Iraq as well. The Iranian Foreign Ministry also said it plans to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia over the issue. On May 30, the Persian-language Tabnak news website reported that Saudi officials in Dammam executed 10 more Iranian citizens. The website added that a total of 25 Iranians were kept at Dammam prison and 18 of them were executed in two stages. The prisoners were Iranian sailors who were arrested on a fishing boat in international waters 70 miles off the coast of Saudi Arabia six years ago on charges of ‘drug possession.’ The serial executions came despite an April 18 telephone conversation between Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Saudi counterpart, Saud al-Faisal, during which they discussed the issue and stressed the importance of exercising prudence. MP/GHN/HJL
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