Parl. Secuiry Commission to address condition of Iranian scientist jailed in US

TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) – Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is set to hold a meeting to address the situation of an Iranian scientist who has contracted COVID-19 in a US jail.

The Commission will discuss the matter over the detainment and health condition Iranian scientist, Dr. Sirous Asgariof, on Monday, after the Parliament’s open session.

The session will be held with the Foreign Ministry officials in attendance.

Dr. Asgari, a materials science and engineering professor who spoke out in March about the unsanitary and “inhumane” conditions in detention, was placed in an isolation cell this week inside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) jail in Louisiana, Guardian reported.

His lawyers learned last week that his Covid-19 test was positive, and in a phone call with the Guardian, said Asgari had had a fever for days and cough.

He and his family are calling for his release to a medical facility where he can receive proper care.

Vice-Chairman of Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Javad Jamali Nobandegani on Saturday called on the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to take necessary actions for the release of Dr. Asgari.

Asgari’s story sparked international outrage after he spoke about his fears of Covid-19 spreading inside crowded Ice facilities with substandard cleaning practices and a lack of supplies. The professor, who has a history of respiratory problems, was exonerated in a US sanctions trial last year, but Ice has refused to release him or allow him to return to Iran. Iran’s foreign minister recently called for his release, as have some US lawmakers and human rights groups.

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