Iran's Foreign Ministry has protested against a
British court ruling, requiring a former Iranian diplomat to be extradited to
A British judge ruled that
Tajik should be sent to
the US to face charges.
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
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
Hosseini called on the British government not to undermine its reputation by
giving in to Washington's illegal demands.
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