Fadlallah urges UN to pursue case of Iranian detainees

TEHRAN, July 5 (MNA) -- Lebanon’s most senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, has called on the United Nations to pursue the case of four Iranian nationals who have been held by the Zionist regime for 26 years.

In a meeting with the detainees’ families in Beirut on Saturday, Fadlallah said the Lebanese government and the United Nations are “legally and morally responsible” to make efforts to obtain the release of the prisoners.

 

The detained men -- three diplomats and a reporter -– are from “an Islamic country which has always stood by Lebanon,” the Grand Ayatollah noted.

 

The four Iranian nationals, chargé d’affaires Mohsen Musavi, military attaché of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmad Motevasellian, Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam, a diplomat from the embassy, and Kazem Akhavan, a reporter and photographer from the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), were captured by the Zionist regime while traveling to southern Lebanon in 1982 and then transferred to a prison in occupied Palestine.

 

Mojtaba Ferdosipur, the current chargé d’affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, briefed Fadlallah on the latest developments in the case and called on Islamic countries and international organizations to make efforts to help the men regain their freedom.

 

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah earlier said Hezbollah is negotiating with Israel for the release of the prisoners under a deal reached by the two sides last week.

 

The issue of the detained Iranian nationals is “on the agenda of negotiations because we believe they were kidnapped by Lebanese forces (the mercenary Phalangists loyal to Israel) and were handed over to Israel in 1982,” Nasrallah said in comments aired on Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV on Wednesday.

 

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