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UK-Iran extradition row continues

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Ahani has held talks in London with UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on the arrest of the former Iranian ambassador to Argentina by British police. Mr Ahani called for the release of the former ambassador, Hadi Soleimanpour, who is studying in England. He is wanted by police in Argentina in connection with the bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1994, in which more than 80 people were killed. Argentina is seeking the extradition of eight Iranian officials in total over the bombing. Mr Ahani said the Argentine court’s request for Mr Soleimanpour’s arrest was illegal and politically motivated. But a UK Foreign Office spokesman told BBC News Online the British Government was not involved at any stage and any action is now a matter for the courts. Iran denies any involvement in the bombing and has warned the UK of serious consequences if Mr Soleimanpour is not freed immediately. Full Story

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