US raps France for prisoner swap with Iran

US raps France for prisoner swap with Iran...
news.yahoo.com 22/03/2020 Politics

Keywords:#AP, #American, #Associated_Press, #France, #French, #Iran, #Iranian, #Morgan_Ortagus, #News, #News.yahoo.com, #Roland_Marchal, #State_Department, #Trump, #US, #United_States

By MATTHEW LEE
,Associated Press• March 22, 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Sunday harshly criticized France for releasing an Iranian man wanted for prosecution by the United States in an apparent prisoner swap with Iran.
The State Department said it “deeply regrets” the “unilateral” French decision to release Jalal Rohollahnejad, who was the subject of a U.S. extradition request on charges of violating American sanctions on Iran.
Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that France had failed to uphold its obligations under a joint extradition treaty and harmed the cause of justice. Rohollahnejad was released from French custody on Friday in an apparent swap for French researcher Roland Marchal who had been detained in Iran for more than eight months on charges of violating state security laws.
“The United States deeply regrets France’s unilateral decision to release Iranian national Jalal Rohollahnejad from its custody,” she said. “There are multiple outstanding U.S. charges against him related to the illegal export of equipment with military applications in violation of U.S. sanctions.”
“The United States and France have a shared interest in bringing those accused of serious crimes to justice, particularly in cases with national security implications,” Ortagus said. “It is regrettable in this instance that France failed to uphold its treaty obligations and prevented justice from being pursued.”
Iranian state TV reported late Friday that Marchal had been freed, just hours after French authorities released Ruhollahnejad. It said France had planned to deliver Ruhollahnejad to the U.S. for his alleged role in violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. It said he had been in jail in France for more than a year.
---The Trump administration on Sunday harshly criticized France for releasing an Iranian man wanted for prosecution by the United States in an apparent prisoner swap with Iran. The State Department said it “deeply regrets” the “unilateral” French decision to release Jalal Rohollahnejad, who was the subject ---...

Read more from Source »

Related articles based on keyword density
IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS STUMBLE, EXTENDED UNTIL JULY ...
hosted.ap.org 24/11/2014 News
BY MATTHEW LEE AND GEORGE JAHN ASSOCIATED PRESS VIENNA (AP) -- Still facing significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on...View Details»

'Whatever it takes': Iran crackdown killed 1,500...
news.yahoo.com 24/12/2019 Politics
A Reuters special investigation has uncovered that the death toll from last month's protests in Iran is much, much higher than initial estimates from ...View Details»

Iran and 6 Powers Agree on Terms for Nuclear Talks ...
nytimes.com 21/02/2014 Politics
By STEVEN ERLANGERFEB. 20, 2014 VIENNA — In what officials described as a serious, workmanlike and conversational atmosphere, Iran and six world powe...View Details»

US, Iran hold 'substantive' talks on nuclear deal - Yahoo News...
news.yahoo.com 15/01/2015 Politics
By Jo Biddle Geneva (AFP) - Iran and the US held more than six hours of talks seeking to nail down a complex nuclear deal, but negotiators remained ti...View Details»

Iran furloughs imprisoned US Navy vet amid virus concerns...
news.yahoo.com 20/03/2020 Military
By ERIC TUCKER ,Associated Press•March 20, 2020 WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has granted a medical furlough to a U.S. Navy veteran who has been imprisoned i...View Details»


EOF