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Iran blasts London for releasing agent responsible for attack on Iranian Embassy

Tehran, April 30, IRNA -- Iran on Wednesday strongly criticized London for freeing the terrorist who attacked the Iranian Embassy in London on April 30, 1980, martyring two diplomats and injuring the-then charge d'affaires as well as a number of other embassy staff.

"From Iran's point of view, freedom of the said terrorist is not at all acceptable," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini here on Wednesday.

Hosseini said that the families of the Iranian diplomats have since a few years ago formed the committee for defense of the rights of the families of those martyred and injured in the Embassy incident.

He said the families have also followed some procedures to demand judicial investigation of the event and ask for reparations.

Hosseini added that the judicial procedures have been taken through Iran's judiciary and the Foreign Ministry has also seriously held several rounds of talks on the issue through diplomatic channels with the British party both in Tehran and London as demanded by the committee.

He noted that the Committee has also held sessions with ministries of foreign affairs and justice as well as judiciary officials in connection with rights and demands of the parties involved.

The British party will in the near future be briefed on the judicial actions taken in that connection and due steps will be taken afterwards, he added.

Hosseini said one of the serious and legitimate concerns of the families is the possibility of the release of the only remaining person surviving the terrorist incident, namely Fowzi Badawinejad, and "They (the committee members) are rightfully demanding his extradition to Iran. We have also officially informed the British government of the request and are seriously following it.

"From the Islamic Republic of Iran's point of view, freedom of the said terrorist is not at all justified and is a sign of the UK's double-standard approaches towards the issue of terrorism." He said regarding the presence of the terrorist grouplet, connected to Badawinejad, in London and its terrorist bombing activities in certain regions as well as the British government's serious concern about the disclosure of the details of the criminal act, any leniency on part of the UK judicial and political authorities in the release of the said individual and their refusal to extradite him to Iran, will be a sign of involvement of some elements in certain organs of British government in the event.

To avoid a negative impact of the issue on bilateral ties, British government should act on its moral and international responsibility against any type of terrorism, said Hosseini, adding that since the terrorist incident has been the first on a diplomatic site in the UK, the British government should pay reparations to the survivors of the incident and extradite the said terrorist to Iran as soon as possible for trial.

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