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Iranian MP, Alaeddin Boroujerdi: Rapid Release of 3 US Nationals Unlikely

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- A senior Iranian lawmaker on Wednesday dismissed the possibility for a rapid release of the three US citizens who illegally entered Iran in early August, saying that Iran should scrutinize the case before deciding their fate.

"It should not be expected that those who entered the Islamic Republic of Iran's soil illegally be released soon," Head of parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters on the sidelines of an open session of the parliament here in Tehran.

"Therefore, the national security and foreign policy commission will express its view over these individuals after the relevant studies are completed," Boroujerdi said in response to an FNA question on the fate of the three US nationals.

The three - identified by the US media as Shane Bower, Sara Short and Joshua Steel - were arrested after crossing into Iran via Iraq's Kurdish region in early August.

Deputy Governor of Iran's Kurdistan province for Political and Security Affairs Iraj Hassanzadeh told FNA at the time that the three were arrested on Malakh Khor border near (Iran' western city of) Marivan.

Boroujerdi further reminded the maltreatment of Iranian nationals by the US, even when they were arrested illegally and with no reason, but assured that the three US citizens, like any other foreign nationals imprisoned in Iran, are treated in a humane manner.

The MP blasted US forces move to arrest Iranian diplomats in Iraq in violation of all international regulations, holding them for 30 months.

US forces on January 11, 2007 broke into the Iranian consulate in the Kurdish city of Arbil, and seized the consulate's computers, documents and staff without presenting any convincing justification.

Baqer Qabishavi, Majid Qaemi Heidari, Abbas Hatami Kasavand, Mahmoud Farhadi and Majid Daqari were handed over to the Iranian embassy in Baghdad after over 30 months of detention.

February 2009 - Iraq Report from Shane Bauer

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