Iran court is­sues ver­dict in em­bassy at­tack

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Iran’s ju­di­ciary has is­sued ver­dicts for 20 peo­ple ac­cused of storm­ing Saudi diplo­matic mis­sions in Jan­uary and will an­nounce them in the near fu­ture, an of­fi­cial was quoted as say­ing by the ju­di­ciary news agency yes­ter­day. Sunni Mus­lim Saudi Ara­bia cut diplo­matic re­la­tions with its Shi­ite Mus­lim ri­val Iran af­ter protesters stormed the king­dom’s em­bassy in Tehran and con­sulate in Mash­had in re­sponse to Riyadh’s ex­e­cu­tion of a prom­i­nent Saudi Shi­ite cleric. The Ira­nian govern­ment con­demned the as­sault and Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani, keen to im­prove Tehran’s long-strained re­la­tions with its neigh­bors and the West, asked the ju­di­ciary to pu­n­ish the protesters and pre­vent fur­ther at­tacks. The Mizan news agency quoted a judge as say­ing that the ver­dicts for 20 de­fen­dants had been is­sued and “will be an­nounced soon.” He did not give the names of the 20 and did not say whether they had been con­victed or not. Iran’s ju­di­ciary an­nounced in April that more than 100 sus­pects had been ar­rested over the at­tack on the Saudi mis­sions and 48 charged. —Agen­cies

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