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Iran calls for unconditional release of national held in U.S.

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iran has called for an unconditional and swift release of its national Shahrzad Mir-Gholikhan, who has been living in U.S. captivity since 2007.

Shahrzad Mir-Gholikhan
Shahrzad Mir-Gholikhan

The request came in a letter sent by Iran's Foreign Ministry to the Swiss Embassy (which represents the U.S. Interests Section) in Tehran on Monday.

According to the Vienna Convention, foreign prisoners have the right to meet the consular officials of their home countries.

However, the U.S. has not yet permitted Iran's consular officials to meet Mir-Gholikhan, in spite of all notices sent by the Iranian Foreign Ministry to the Swiss Embassy in Tehran and the Pakistani Embassy in Washington (which represents Iran Interests Section in the United States).

Shahrzad Mir-Gholikhan was arrested by U.S. agents while she was on a tour of Cyprus under the pretext that her ex-husband, Mahmoud Seif, had allegedly tried to export night-vision goggles to Iran from Austria.

However, she has been sentenced to five years in prison by a Florida federal court in absence of her ex-husband.

Shahrzad Mir-Gholikhan has been in prison for nearly 3 years. Shahrzad Mir-Gholikhan was 26 when she was arrested.

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