Publishe Date: 4:15 PM - 12/22/2013 | Print

FM Spokeswoman Urges Azeri Officials to Clear Fate of Iranian Citizen

Politics - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham underlined that Tehran expects Baku to do its best to release the Iranian citizen, Bahram Feizi who is detained in Azerbaijan.

Speaking on Sunday, Afkham said the Azeri officials are responsible for the safety of the Iranian citizen and should take necessary measures to ensure his release.

She quoted officials of the Iranian embassy in Baku as saying that the health condition of Feizi is not satisfactory.

Earlier this month, the diplomatic sources released that Feizi went on hunger strike after Azeri officials denied him consulate access and put him under mental and physical torture.

“Based on the international laws, embassy's representative should be allowed to meet the detainee before the court issues its verdict, but this (right) has been denied (by the Azeri officials) despite the repeated notes sent to Azerbaijan's foreign ministry,” Mohsen Molayee, who is in charge of the Iranian embassy’s consulate affairs, said.

Noting that he has received a letter from Feizi who has announced the start of his hunger strike, Molayee said, “He has declared that he has gone on a hunger strike to protest at the court’s politically-driven verdict, and that he is not in good conditions and needs to be examined by the embassy’s physician.”

Despite lacking adequate evidences and documents, Azerbaijan has accused Feizi of an attempted attack on the Israeli mission in Baku without presenting any substantiating proof or evidence.

In a relevant event late in November, the officials in Azerbaijan released an Iranian national allegedly being accused of planning to bomb the Israeli embassy in Baku after torturing him.

Hassan Faraji who was freed after one month of detention, interrogation and torture arrived in Tehran after two days of obstructive measures by the Azeri officials who were attempting to prevent his return.

Before leaving Baku, Faraji had a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pakayeen during which he rejected the fabricated accusations raised by the Azeri officials against him, and said even his detention near the Israeli mission in Baku is a sheer lie.

Faraji said that he traveled to Baku for trade, and “my innocence has been proved to the Azeri officials during the interrogations”.

In November, a relative of Faraji who was then held in Binagadi prison said that he was being tortured by Azeri security officials to make confessions in favor of Israel.

Iran’s Embassy in Baku requested access to Faraji. The Azeri government, however, denied the request in violation of the international laws.

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