Former Iranian Judge Sought By Tehran and Accused Of ‘Torture’ Found Dead In Bucharest. Kaveh Mussavi: Mansouri was Facing Charges of Torture

An Iranian cleric and judge accused of corruption in Tehran and also of human rights violations by several Iranian journalists, was found dead on Friday at  hotel Duke in the Romanian capital Bucharest.

Gholamreza Mansouri, who fled Iran last year, is among several judges accused of graft during a high-profile trial of a former senior judiciary official that began last week in Tehran.

Romanian police detained Mansouri earlier this month and a Bucharest court had been expected to rule next July on whether to extradite him or not to Islamic Republic.

Bucharest police statment said: “It was established that the man was a 52-year-old foreign citizen under judicial control for crimes committed in another country,”  adding that an investigation into his death was underway. A police officer told  reporters “for the moment it is hard to establish if he commited a suicide or was throw out of the window”.

Mansouri had been placed under a 30-day judicial control period and was being kept under surveillance. A July 10 deadline had been set for Tehran to file extradition documents.

Last week the Paris-based media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint against Mansouri in Germany, where he was believed to have resided before travelling to Romania, accusing him of being responsible for the “arrest and torture” of at least 20 journalists in 2013.

Also Kaveh Mussavi, an Oxford based Iranian – British lawyer and Senior Advisor on Judicial Affairs for Iran Transition Council was filing a case to bring Mansouri on trial in a European country. Mr. Mussavi told the press: “Mansouri faced charges of Torture, Hostage taking and Terrorism, all crimes subject to universal jurisdiction and the subject of several Complaints to the Federal Prosector in Germany. I had formally filed for his extradition to Germany. Rumania could not and would not have extradited him to Iran, a country notorious for torture and violation of due process and absence of fair trials. In Germany his conviction was a certainty meaning the condemnation of the Iranian Judicial system as a torture machine which meant serious possibility that other officials of the regime would be in similar jeopardy, if they travelled outside Iran. This, in addition to the fact that he knew much about the financial crimes of the regime insiders means that the Islamic regime in Iran had enough reason to want him eliminated”.

 

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