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30 Iranian nationals incarcerated abroad on charges of circumventing US sanctions: Official

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Kazem Gharibabadi, the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights (File photo by Fars news agency)

A high-ranking Iranian Judiciary official says a total of 30 Iranian nationals are being held behind bars abroad on charges of circumventing Washington’s anti-Iran sanctions, adding that the Judiciary, Foreign Ministry, and Iranian diplomatic missions are following up on their cases.

“Due to the dual approach of the West on the issue of human rights, the number of Iranians who need human rights protections abroad is not small,” Kazem Gharibabadi, the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights, said on Friday.

“There are many examples in this regard, like the sham trial of [former Iranian judicial official] Hamid Nouri in Sweden, the violent mistreatment of a female Iranian asylum seeker by the Danish police in front of her child, and even Iranians being prosecuted under the pretext of circumventing US sanctions against Iran,” he said.

He noted that the Iranian detainees will undoubtedly need the support offered by Iran’s Human Rights Headquarters.

“We follow up on the problems of our compatriots abroad in several ways, mostly through Iranian embassies and by contacting relevant officials, as was the case in Denmark and the mistreatment of an Iranian asylum by the Danish police. I corresponded with the Danish minister of immigration [Mattias Tesfaye] in this regard. Of course, there are other mechanisms,” Gharibabadi stated.

“Our consular section at the Foreign Ministry is following up on the problems. I would also like to emphasize that in some cases the follow-up is lengthy and does not mean that we are abandoning them. We give various forms of human rights support as well as legal, judicial, political and consular pursuit to those who are in trouble,” the senior Iranian Judiciary official highlighted.

Iran has been hit by drastic unilateral US sanctions, imposed by Washington after former president Donald Trump declared an unprovoked withdrawal from the 2015 Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018.

Trump then targeted the Iranian economy with what he called a “maximum pressure” campaign despite Iran’s full compliance with its nuclear obligations under the JCPOA.

Negotiations were launched between Iran and the remaining JCPOA parties in Vienna last April to bring the US back into compliance with the accord under the Joe Biden administration.

However, Washington has imposed several sanctions against Iran since the talks began, in what has been perceived in Tehran as s demonstration of bad faith. 


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