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Documents of Iran's Ex-Envoy Vanish

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- A key document preventing former Iranian diplomat Nosratollah Tajik from being extradited to the United States has mysteriously disappeared.

Tajik, Iran's former ambassador to Jordan, who is currently under police custody in Britain, was arrested in November 2006 after being accused of trying to purchase night vision goggles from US mediators.

According to the British media, Tajik's arrest came after undercover FBI agents, disguised as international arms dealers, offered to sell him more than 50,000 worth of night vision goggles while secretly filming him.

"Tajik's medical files have mysteriously disappeared from the hospital where he is being treated," Alef reported on Saturday, press tv said.

The report says that the disappearance may prevent Tajik from being extradited to the US.

In April 2007, a British judge ruled that Tajik should be sent to the US to face charges; the ruling has been upheld by an appeals court.

Due to an ailment, a British court had given the former Iranian ambassador until June 11, 2008 to face extradition.

Tajik's lawyers argue that the US agents acted illegally because they planned to incriminate him from the beginning. They say the United States was pursuing him because of his religion, nationality, and politics.

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