Wednesday 7 December 2016

Iran reacts angrily to UN criticism over executions

Published 06/08/2016 | 09:41

Iran has been widely criticised over the executions
Iran has been widely criticised over the executions

Iran's foreign ministry has reacted angrily to UN criticism of the country's execution of 20 Kurdish militants earlier this month.

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A report on Iran's state TV website quotes foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as accusing the West of meddling in internal Iranian affairs.

Mr Ghasemi said: "While Iran is itself victim of terrorism, it will do its best to maintain the safety of its citizens."

His comments follow a statement from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, which criticised Iran for the executions.

Mr Ghasemi said the judiciary had found the 20 men guilty of several charges, including attempting to establish a militant group, making explosives and planting bombs in Iranian cities.

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