Category Iran / Persia

Obama on Iran payment: ‘We do not pay ransom’ – CNNPolitics.com

The Obama administration has repeatedly rejected GOP accusations that the cash — part of a $1.7 billion agreement to settle a decades-old arms deal dispute — was meant to grease the release of four US prisoners who were freed in January when Tehran implemented a landmark nuclear deal. A fifth US prisoner was released separately.Secretary […]

PressTV – Iran had demanded extradition of Sydney gunman: Police chief

In the year 2000, in a coordinated effort with Iran’s Judiciary and Interpol, we requested Australia to extradite Man Haron Monis, also known as Mohammad Hassan Manteqi, said Brigadier General Ismail Ahmadi Moqaddam on Tuesday. After Iran’s request for the extradition of Monis, the Australian government refused to hand him over to Tehran because the […]

BBC News – Sydney gunman was ‘wanted in Iran’

Monis applied for political asylum to obtain refugee status in Australia, Gen Moghaddam said, describing the incident as “a play”. Meanwhile the Australian government has announced it is investigating why Monis was released on bail on separate charges. He had a history of religiously inspired activism, but officials say there is as yet no evidence […]

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