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UK Foreign Office: Citizens arrested abroad have ‘no right to our help’ Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses for a photograph after delivering a Mother's Day card and flowers to the Iranian Embassy in London, Britain March 31, 2019. (Reuters/File Photo) Arab News December 28, 2020 18:04 Zaghari-Ratcliffe legal team: ‘That sends an extremely alarming message to … the British public’ LONDON: British citizens unjustly arrested abroad have no right to government protection even if they face torture or are used as diplomatic leverage against the UK, the Foreign Office has warned. The comments were made in a letter to lawyers representing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British dual national detained by Tehran, The Times newspaper reported. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison on charges of “sowing dissent” against the Iranian regime, which she denies. Tehran’s actions have been widely condemned as being politically motivated. Since Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s arrest, she has not once been visited by UK officials either in prison or at home, where she has been since March. The Foreign Office claimed that because Iran has not granted its request for consular access, it is powerless to act. Sarah Broughton, head of consular affairs at the Foreign Office, said in the letter to the Zaghari-Ratcliffe legal team that “British citizens falsely accused overseas have no legal right to consular assistance.” In response, the legal team said: “If it is really the government’s position that it has no obligations even in the extreme and unique circumstances of Nazanin’s case, then that sends an extremely alarming message to the rest of the British public.” Despite UN experts finding that Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s mistreatment in detention amounts to torture, Broughton said the UK government “cannot investigate torture or mistreatment allegations.” David Walters, founder of Arrest Abroad and a 30-year veteran of the Foreign Office, said: “The Foreign Office is hamstrung over Nazanin’s case. It is impotent and paralyzed.” Tulip Siddiq, the Zaghari-Ratcliffe family’s local MP, said: “The UK government is failing at its most basic duty: To protect its citizens.” https://www.arabnews.com/node/1784031/world
The recent air strikes on a syrian airbase which in effect is a declaration of war against a sovereign secular state in the middle east shows how donald trump is proving to be a zionist bankster's puppet as many had suspected. Nimrata Nikki hayley the opportunist american punjabi christian convert who comes from a Sikh family couldn't say nothing about Indian state terrorism against Sikhs and other minorities, couldn't say anything about other state terrorism such as saudi and bahrain against its shia population nor in yemen but see's it fit to shrek like a witch and condemn syrian government and begged for military action in UN security council just as colin powel had begged to take military action for illegal war in iraq in 2003. The saudi/turkey and arab states funded Islamic salafi sunni terrorist groups are known to be using and making and storing chemical and biological weapons so by all possibilities when the syrian air force attacked rebel bases they may have hit those storage facilities and the toxic gases were released killing those civilians. Russia being syria's main ally will now react they can not afford to lose the middle east important oil and military access and bases. I think this will turn from a cold war of NATO vs USSR into a hot war very soon over syria due to Zionist bankster controlled western's mis-adventurism and opportunism. Who benefits? 9/11? Zionist bankster terrorist state of israel. I think the awoke worlds eyes are all now firmly on israeli-saudi Islamic-zionist mossad jihadi terrorist nexus.
Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents Convict had noose around his neck when victim's mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life Saeed Kamali Dehghan The Guardian, Wednesday 16 April 2014 13.24 EDT The noose is removed from around the neck of Balal. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran. Seven years ago Balal, who is in his 20s, stabbed 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh during a street brawl in the small town of Royan, in the northern province of Mazandaran. In a literal application of qisas, the sharia law of retribution, the victim's family were to participate in Balal's punishment by pushing the chair on which he stood. But what happened next marked a rarity in public executions in Iran, which puts more people to death than any other country apart from China. The victim's mother approached, slapped the convict in the face and then decided to forgive her son's killer. The victim's father removed the noose and Balal's life was spared. Hosseinzadeh's mother slaps Balal. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna[/size] Photographs taken by Arash Khamooshi, of the semi-official Isna news agency, show what followed. Balal's mother hugged the grieving mother of the man her son had killed. The two women sobbed in each other's arms one because she had lost her son, the other because hers had been saved. The action by Hosseinzadeh's mother was all the more extraordinary as it emerged that this was not the first son she had lost. Her younger child Amirhossein was killed in a motorbike accident at the age of 11. "My 18-year-old son Abdollah was taking a stroll in the bazaar with his friends when Balal shoved him," said the victim's father, Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh, according to Isna. "Abdollah was offended and kicked him but at this time the murderer took an ordinary kitchen knife out of his socks." Balal's mother, left and Hosseinzadeh's mother embrace after the execution was halted. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/Isna[/size] Hosseinzadeh Sr has come to the conclusion that Balal did not kill his son deliberately. "Balal was inexperienced and didn't know how to handle a knife. He was naive." According to the father, Balal escaped the scene of the stabbing but was later arrested by the police. It took six years for a court to hand down a death sentence, and the victim's family deferred the execution a number of times. A date for execution was set just before the Persian new year, Nowruz, but the victim's family did not approve of the timing. Hosseinzadeh said a dream prompted the change of heart. "Three days ago my wife saw my elder son in a dream telling her that they are in a good place, and for her not to retaliate This calmed my wife and we decided to think more until the day of the execution." Many Iranian public figures, including the popular TV sport presenter Adel Ferdosipour, had called on the couple, who have a daughter, to forgive the killer. Although they did so, Balal will not necessarily be freed. Under Iranian law the victim's family have a say only in the act of execution, not any jail sentence. The chair on the gallows. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna[/size] In recent years Iran has faced criticism from human rights activists for its high rate of executions. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon,accused Hassan Rouhani of doing too little to improve Iran's human rights, especially reining in its staggering use of capital punishment. As of last week, 199 executions are believed to have been carried out in Iran this year, according to Amnesty, a rate of almost two a day. Last year Iran and Iraq were responsible for two-thirds of the world's executions, excluding China. At least 369 executions were officially acknowledged by the Iranian authorities in 2013, but Amnesty said hundreds more people were put to death in secret, taking the actual number close to 700. Iran is particularly criticised for its public executions, which have attracted children among the crowds in the past. Iranian photographers are often allowed to document them. Bahareh Davis, of Amnesty International, welcomed the news that Balal had been spared death. "It is of course welcome news that the family of the victim have spared this young man's life," she said. "However, qisas regulations in Iran mean that people who are sentenced to death under this system of punishment are effectively prevented from seeking a pardon or commutation of their sentences from the authorities contrary to Iran's international obligations." She added: "It's deeply disturbing that the death penalty continues to be seen as a solution to crime in Iran. Not only is the death penalty the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment with no special deterrent impact, but public displays of killing also perpetuate a culture of acceptance of violence. "Public executions are degrading and incompatible with human dignity of those executed. In addition, all those who watch public executions which regrettably often includes children are brutalised by the experience." In October last year an Iranian prisoner who survived an attempted execution and was revived in the morgue was spared another attempt, though his family said he had lost mental stability and remained in jail.