FM Zarif says US took Iranian scientists hostage
Tehran (IP) - Iran’s Foreign Minister stressed that the US has taken Iranian scientists as hostage amid the global crisis of Coronavirus outbreak, denying them medical furlough.
Iran Press/Iran news: Publishing a picture of the Guardian’s Thuesday 26 March report on his twitter account, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, "The US has taken several Iranian scientists without charge or spurious sanction charges and does not release them even with its own courts reject the absurd charges.
“The US even refuses medical furloughs amid Covid-19, for innocent men jailed in horrific facilities,” Zarif wrote.
US has taken several Iranian scientists hostage—without charge or on spurious sanctions charges—& not releasing them; even when its OWN courts reject the absurd charges— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 27, 2020
US even refuses medical furlough—amid #covid19—for innocent men jailed in horrific facilities
Release our men pic.twitter.com/XQxDr10sw7
Sirous Asgari, the 59-year-old professor of materials engineering acquitted in November from the charge of stealing trade secrets related to his university activities at the University of Ohio is still in custody at the US Immigration Service due to revocation of his visa.
Asgari said his detention center is polluted and congested, and authorities do little to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, saying that they do not provide the detainees even with masks and disinfectant so that they succumb to the disease.