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Soleimanpour says Argentine is bent on against Iranian officials

Iran's former Ambassador to Argentine Hadi Soleimanpour said in London on Thursday that Argentine government aimed to act against Iranian officials, IRNA reported.

Soleimanpour told IRNA shortly after London's Bow Street Magistrats's Court hearing that at any rate, after a long period of time and after more than 100 days of his psychological pressure and unhappiness as well as Iranian people's common pain, it has been proved that there was no proof or evidence that he as Iran's diplomat or Iranian government were involved in Amia bombing.

London's Bow Street Magistrats's Court announced on Thursday that the case of Iran's ex-Ambassador to Argentine is closed in absence of sufficient evidence, hence he would be free.

Soleimanpour said the court ruling clearly rules out Argentine's claim that Iranian personalities had had a role in such bombings. He said Argentine has the duty to study the court ruling as a judgment being consistent with international law and reconsider its judicial behavior.

He said he imagined that the move by Argentine is a move against the Islamic Republic of Iran and senior Iranian officials and he had not been the only target in the case.

He added that the claim raised by Argentine for his extradition could not be a private case lodged by the Argentine judge or Buenos Aires, rather the main aim had been to raise charges against senior Iranian officials.

He went on to say that the ongoing judicial procedure in Britain had foiled Argentine's attempts.

He said perseverance and also establishment of the fact that the evidence, put forward by Argentine against him was not clear-cut and solid enough, would to a large extent influence the ongoing atmosphere.

"The allegation was not the one against a person, rather it was against a system, and it has been removed up to this stage through perseverance," he said.

He said that he supposed Argentine system abused international system and international strategies as well as international collaborations.

Argentine system defies international law and distorts principles of diplomatic relations, said Soleimanpour.

He said the ruling by the British court gives Argentine government and judicial system the chance to compensate past mistakes and fulfill their commitments to principles of the international relations and law.

Kharrazi: Soleimanpour's acquittal proves baselessness of bombing charges

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Tehran on Thursday that acquittal of Iran's ex-Ambassador to Argentine provides a clear and solid evidence that the claims raised against Iran in the case of Argentine bombing are baseless, IRNA reported.

Kharrazi told IRNA on Thursday that Soleimanpour's acquittal fully unveils a satanic plot hatched against the Islamic Republic of Iran's establishment.

He said Iran's Foreign Ministry had over the past months sensitively followed the case through various channels and all political and legal means, being happy that all the efforts have been fruitful.

Kharrazi said Iran's Foreign Ministry used to follow up the case through phone and talks and by sending necessary messages.

He highlighted "important and effective" measures adopted in connection with the case, including the clear and timely measures of Iran's Embassy in London in appointing well-experienced attorneys to follow-up Soleimanpour's case, dispatch of legal and political teams of experts from Foreign Ministry to Britain and Argentine to closely follow up the case and through gaining access to documents and proofs to prove baselessness of the ruling of Argentine judge as well as through extension of necessary proofs to British court.

Kharrazi added that Foreign Ministry would continue taking legal and political measures until Argentine court revokes its ruling and would not allow the court, which has issued such a verdict under vain claims and whose judge is corrupt, to violate rights of Iranian nationals.

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