TEHRAN – Iran and European countries should cooperate more to combat illicit drugs, according to Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights.
In an interview with euronews after his meeting with a European Parliament delegation in Tehran on Tuesday, Larijani also said that he would like to see some amendments to the country’s legislation on capital punishment for drug offences.
“I personally think that we should revise the death penalty for combating narcotic crimes – and replace that with a collective joint effort to fight narcotic trafficking,” he said.
“The European community could be part of this cooperation and collective activity,” Larijani added.
Finnish MEP Tarja Cronberg, a member of the EU delegation, said, “I think the Iranians feel very much that they are judged by double standards, and that they are criticized on some things that happen in other countries too. We try to convince them that the European Parliament also criticizes the death penalty in other countries, in the U.S., in China.”
By Tehran Times
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