Friday, June 2, 2023

Iran Slams Ontario Court’s ‘Unacceptable’ Ruling

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi rejected a Canadian court’s ruling ordering Tehran to pay the legal costs of victims of what it has alleged to be “Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks”.

Qassemi on Sunday denounced the Ontario court ruling as unacceptable, saying it runs counter to “the plain principles of international law on the impunity of states and their assets.”

His comments came after Justice Glenn Hainey ruled that Iran should pay the $300,000 legal bills of the victims who had sought compensation in the Ontario court under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.

The Iranian spokesman deplored the Canadian judge’s decision for neglecting international regulations and equality of states.

Iran has already lodged an official protest against the ruling, Qassemi noted, adding that the country reserves the right to follow up with political and legal measures in this regard.

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