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MEP Cronberg condemns the death penalty imposed by Iran

10.1.2012


The chair of the Iran delegation of the European Parliament urges the Iranian government to provide a fair trial for Mr. Hekmati.

On Monday 9 January 2012, Iran is reported to have sentenced a US citizen Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for espionage. The sentence is strongly condemned by MEP Tarja Cronberg who chairs the Iran delegation in the European Parliament.

The Green MEP is extremely worried about the harsh verdict.
'As such the death penalty violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Moreover, the handling of Mr Hekmati's case has not been fair and just,' notes Cronberg, the former director of a peace research institute.

Given the current tension over Iran's nuclear program, Hekmati's case can be seen as a sign of a dangerous power play. Iran’s foreign minister has recently stated that he would like to resume international talks on his country’s nuclear program. The negotiations, due to start in Turkey soon, will take place in a very sensitive environment with military threats on both sides.

'The death penalty on the charge of espionage for an American citizen at this very moment is clearly not an expression of goodwill which would now be needed more than anything. I strongly urge Iranian leaders to do all in their power to provide a fair trial for Mr. Hekmati,' says Cronberg.

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