Source: Radio Zamaneh
Iranian hardliners have criticized the foreign ministry for a meeting
between the European Parliamentary delegation and Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar
Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, and Panahi, an
Iranian filmmaker, were both jailed following the Iranian election protests of
Last year, the two also became recipients of the European Parliament's Sakharov
Human Rights award.
The head of Iran's Court of Administrative Justice, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri,
has said: "These people [the European Parliamentary delegation] have met in
secret with two seditious elements of the 2009 sedition. It has to be clarified
who has facilitated this meeting?"
The Iranian establishment refers to the 2009 election protests against suspected
vote fraud as sedition.
The visit has also been condemned by a number of MPs who have said the foreign
minister needs to appear in Parliament to explain this incident.
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