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04/15/08

Iran slams extradition of ex-envoy by British court to US


 


A British judge ruled that
Tajik should be sent to
the US to face charges.

Iran's Foreign Ministry has protested against a British court ruling, requiring a former Iranian diplomat to be extradited to the US.

Press TV -- In a statement Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini called a recent appeal court ruling against the former Iranian Ambassador to Jordan, Nosratollah Tajik 'politically motivated, baseless and unjust.'

With the help of US agents from the Department of Homeland Security, Tajik was arrested November 2006 and accused of being the UK link in an 1.5m illegal arms network spanning the US, the Netherlands, and Turkey.

In April 2007, a British judge ruled that Tajik should be sent to the US to face charges, which was later upheld by an appeal court.

The Iranian's lawyers claimed the officers acted illegally and the US was pursuing him because of his religion, nationality, and politics.

"In protest to the violation of court independence in the UK, Tajik has chosen not to plead before the House of Lords," Hosseini said, adding that due to Tajik's health problems the UK would be responsible for any undesired consequences of his extradition to the US.

Tajik is suffering from heart disease and angina and has undergone recent treatment.

Hosseini called on the British government not to undermine its reputation by giving in to Washington's illegal demands.

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