Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Iran says Dutch-Iranian activist has not received death sentence

Maxine Verhagen, the Dutch foreign affairs minister, has received word from Iranian authorities and the ambassador in the Netherlands that no death sentence has been passed for Dutch-Iranian activist Abdullah Al-Mansouri, DutchNews reported Tuesday.

Al-Mansouri has been awarded for his human rights work by Queen Beatrix, and received refugee status in the Netherlands in 1989. He was arrested while visiting Syria last year and then extradited to Iran.

Al-Mansouri’s son, Adnan Al-Mansouri, reported Monday that his father would be executed in 48 hours. In response to the statements made by Iranian authorities, he said: “It’s clear that Iran is afraid of losing face. That’s why they’re now saying this.”

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