Iran slams US meddlesome statement on rioter execution ‎

TEHRAN, Jun. 19 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi condemned the meddlesome US’ statement about the execution of a rioter sentenced to death for running over and killing a number of police forces in Tehran during February protests.

In a statement, Ghasemi underlined that the rioter enjoyed his legal right to be represented by a lawyer in the court during his trial.

Mohammad Salas, the driver of the bus that killed several police forces during the February 19 unrest in Tehran’s Pasdaran Street, confessed to his crime and was sentenced to death following legal and judicial procedures in the Iranian courts, he said.

The spokesman underlined that the rioter’s death penalty had nothing to do with his personal beliefs.

Ghasemi then pointed out that the US government is itself notorious for violating many international treaties.

“Over the past year, the US has unilaterally pulled out of a number of international deals, violated its pledges and evaded its responsibilities under the international law.”

The spokesman went on to say that along with these violations, the US president’s anti-human rights and discriminatory policies on immigration, particularly his scandalous decision to separate immigrant children from their parents and accommodate them in immigration camps, have sparked protests by not only a large number of countries, international bodies and figures but also closest people to the White House.

With such a record, the US is not in a position to interfere in the internal legal affairs of other independent countries, tarnish their image and distort realities about them, Ghasemi noted.

In a Monday statement, US Secretary of State had condemned the execution of Mohammad Salas claiming that he was “denied access to a lawyer before and during his trial” and that he was “tortured into a forced confession.” 


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