Minister rebuts claim of freeze on Iran assets in Canada

Tasnim- Iranian Economy Minister Ali Tayyebnia rejected a claim by a member of the parliament that Canada has ordered a freeze on $13 million in assets of Iran.

No confiscation of Iranian assets has occurred in Canada, Tayyebnia said in an open session of the parliament on Monday, after an MP criticized the Economy Ministry’s inaction on what he said was a freeze on Iranian assets under Canadian court rulings.

The lawmaker had better release the proof, if any, the minister added.

In February, Justice Glenn Hainey of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that Iran should pay $300,000 legal bills of victims of what the court had alleged to be “Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks”.

Iran, however, denounced the Ontario court ruling as unacceptable, saying it runs counter to “the plain principles of international law on the impunity of states and their assets.”

According to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, Tehran has already lodged an official protest against the ruling and reserves the right to follow up with political and legal measures in this regard.