Afghanistan rejects news on releasing statement over criminals’ execution in Iran

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Afghan ambassador in Iran Nasir Ahmad Noor rejected reports on his country’s statement about the execution of Afghan criminals in Iran.

“No press statement has been issued by the Republic of Afghanistan’s embassy in Tehran and no newsletter or statement about the issue has been sent to the news agencies or media,” he told ISNA in response to BBC’s allegation that the embassy had released a communiqué following execution of 12 Afghan criminals in Iran.

BBC has recently raised allegations that the Afghan nationals were charged with drug-trafficking related crimes. It had not mentioned the exact time of the executions, but had only stated that the hangings have taken place recently.

“We respect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s judicial laws, but in these cases we had demanded Islamic compassion from Iran towards Afghan suspects and criminals,” Ahmad Noor added.

He continued Iran and Afghanistan are cooperating in judicial field, including extradition of criminals and transfer of people sentenced to death.

Iran is one of the most important donors to Afghanistan which has kept its promises to help to the reconstruction of the war-hit country.

Iran has built some roads, power transmission lines, and border stations, among the other infrastructure projects which would better link the two nations.

Iran has also contributed more than $50 million annually to Afghan anti-narcotics efforts in the last 8 years.



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