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Execution in Iran: Annalena Baerbock summons Iranian ambassador


The German foreign minister sharply criticized the execution of a former British-Iranian top politician and summoned the Iranian ambassador. France and Great Britain are following suit.

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Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock

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Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has condemned the execution of a former British-Iranian leader as another inhumane act by the Iranian leadership.

"We stand with our British friends and will continue to closely coordinate our actions against the regime and our support for the people of Iran," the Green politician wrote on Twitter.

The Iranian ambassador to Germany was summoned to the Foreign Office for Monday morning, according to diplomatic circles.

Iran executed Aliresa Akbari on espionage charges.

As the justice portal Misan announced, Aliresa Akbari was killed on Saturday.

Iran had sentenced him to death in a espionage trial for leaking secrets.

Akbari, his wife and brother had vehemently denied the allegations in recent days.

Paris and London also summon ambassadors

The human rights organization Amnesty International described Akbari's execution as a "disgusting attack" on Tehran's "right to life".

She called on the British government to "fully investigate" the allegations of torture Akbari was subjected to.

The French Foreign Ministry also strongly condemned the execution.

The charge d'affaires at the Iranian embassy in Paris had been summoned again "to express our outrage," the ministry said.

British Foreign Secretary Cleverly also announced the summoning of the Iranian envoy to London.

Iran then announced that it would also summon the British ambassador.


Source: spiegel

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