Afkham: Tehran wants punishment of Saudi officers abusing Iranians

Tehran, June 24, IRNA – Foreign Ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham said in Tehran on Wednesday that Tehran wants punishment of those Saudi officers abusing Iranian young adults at Jeddah Airport.

‘Two court hearings have been held for the offenders and the prosecuting attorney has called for harsh punishment for them. Based on a report by Iranian consul general in Jeddah, no ruling has yet been issued. We want punishment of the culprits and hope that the case would be investigated in the course of a fair trial. Final ruling should be announced by official authorities and wide guesses are not acceptable to us,’ Afkham told a weekly press conference.

Two Iranian teenage pilgrims were harassed by officers working at Jeddah airport in April.

The Iranian teenage boys were harassed by two Saudi officers at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport when the offenders took them away during body search, citing suspicion.

The two criminal police officers were tried at Jeddah’s Criminal Court earlier this month.

At the trial, attended by Iran’s consul general, Jeddah’s attorney general called for the death penalty for the two officers.

Saudi officials, including Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, have stressed the Arab country’s resolve to punish the offenders.