News   /   Politics   /   EU

Iran asks Switzerland for info on police killing of Iranian national

A view of Iran's Foreign Ministry building in the capital Tehran.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has requested information from the Swiss government on the recent police killing of an Iranian national in Switzerland.

The request was made by a senior Iranian diplomat in a meeting with the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, Nadine Olivieri Lozano, on Wednesday.

In the meeting, the Iranian diplomat said it was absolutely essential that all governments observe the rights of Iranian nationals and called for Switzerland to provide Iran with “accurate information” regarding the murder, according to Iranian media reports.

The Swiss ambassador said she would convey the message to her government and provide Iran with a response.

The meeting concerned the police killing of a 32-year-old Iranian asylum seeker in the town of Essert-sous-Champvent near the French border on February 8.

Swiss authorities alleged the man was armed with an axe and a knife and had held 15 hostages on a train for almost four hours before police stormed the train and fatally wounded him.

“The hostages were all released unharmed,” Reuters quoted the local police as saying in a statement on Friday. “The hostage-taker was fatally wounded during the intervention.”

Police did not provide any details regarding the possible motives of the man, but said there was no indication the hostage-taking was a terrorist incident.


Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

Press TV News Roku