Ministers Baird and Ablonczy Call on Iran to Halt Execution and to Release Canadian Hamid Ghassemi-Shall

April 15, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) Diane Ablonczy today made the following statement concerning Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, a Canadian citizen imprisoned in Iran:

“Canada is gravely concerned by indications that the execution of Mr. Ghassemi-Shall may be carried out imminently.

“Canada urgently appeals to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to grant clemency to Mr. Ghassemi-Shall on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

“We urge Iran to reverse its current course and to adhere to its international human rights obligations.”

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