Tehran (IP) – Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs says the death sentence handed down to the ringleader of a US-based terrorist outfit had been issued per Iran's judicial laws and after his case went through a fair legal process.

Iran PressIran news: Kazem Gharibabadi made the remarks in defense of the verdict against Jamshid Sharmahd after German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called the ruling “absolutely unacceptable” and threatened a “strong reaction.”

Berlin also expelled two Iranian diplomats over the ruling against the 67-year-old terrorist, who also holds German nationality and US residency.

The Iranian official underlined: “Jamshid Sharmahd is a terrorist, but being a terrorist did not prevent him from receiving a fair trial.”

“Sharmahd stood at a completely fair trial with his legal rights reserved. The sentence was issued as per Iran’s judicial laws and it can be appealed,” he added.

Gharibabadi also pointed out that Iran does not recognize dual citizenship.

“Sharmahd, who lived in the US before his detention, has repeatedly said that he is under the protection of the FBI and that the Islamic Republic cannot reach him,” he noted.

The ringleader of the Tondar (Thunder) terrorist outfit, Jamshid Sharmahd was convicted of plotting to commit 23 terrorist acts, of which he succeeded in five, including the 2008 bombing of a religious congregation center in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz that left 14 people dead and 300 others injured.

Gharibabadi explained: “In just one terrorist act, Sharmahd martyred dozens of innocent people, including women and children, at Shiraz Seyed al-Shohada Hussainiyah; how does Germany allow itself to defend a terrorist and threaten to pursue the sentence against Sharmahd in international forums?”

He also stated that Iran would pursue the issue through international bodies and said: “The German and US governments must be held accountable for turning into a safe haven for terrorists and providing them with security, financial, intelligence and political support.”


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