7 July 2010
Iran’s ambassador to Norway had a bad day at work
He quite obviously did not like this, and in a comment to Dagbladet complains about the way he was treated. In the usual style we have got accustomed to from IRI officials, he tries to come across as the real victim and accuses everyone else of lies and disinformation.
Sakineh Ashtiani has been sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery, but ambassador Rezvani told Dagbladet that the case against her had not been decided yet, and denied that she will be stoned. He also claimed that stoning is no longer a practice used in Iran.
Other comments from Rezvani according to Dagbladet:
- State Secretary Espen Barth Eide did not have enough information about the case, so I had to update him.
- This is unacceptable. Especially since the matter is not settled, any criticism is premature.
- The legal process is still running, and any comment about her case will be to interfere in the independence of the judicial system in Iran.
- Norway shows a double morale. This is part of a political campaign to put pressure on Iran. It's an excuse to launch a political campaign against Iran.
- It would be better to discuss the topic in a meeting, or possibly via a simple phone call.
- It is unfortunate that it should go so far that I would be called to the Foreign Ministry.
- I asked Barth Eide if he would protect human rights rather than to launch political campaigns.
It sure is tough to be Iran’s ambassador these days. And if this wasn't enough the TV news continued torturing him till late in the night by setting this case up as number one.
Good job from Norway’s Foreign Ministry. Keep it up!