Canada Deplores Iran’s Rassam Sentence

(No. 325 - October 30, 2009 - 2 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the sentencing of Hossein Rassam, an Iranian employee of the British embassy in Tehran:

"Canada deplores the four-year jail sentence an Iranian court handed down to Hossein Rassam on October 28. Canada believes that such actions against one embassy constitute an attack on the entire diplomatic community.

"Canada calls upon Iran to overturn this harsh sentence without delay. We further call on Iran to ensure that due process is respected for all Iranian and foreign nationals currently detained.

"The Government of Canada expresses its solidarity with the Government of the United Kingdom and the entire diplomatic community in Iran. Our thoughts are with Mr. Rassam’s family during this troubling and difficult time.

"Canada will continue to follow the case closely and will continue to reiterate its call for the Iranian government to overturn this sentence."

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