Nine people accused of storming Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in January appeared in a Tehran court on Monday, Fars news agency reported, weeks after President Hassan Rowhani urged the judiciary to take action.
The suspects are accused of “disturbing the public order and damaging embassy buildings”, according to the state media. Twelve other suspects were absent in the first hearing, according to Fars.
Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran after protesters attacked the kingdom’s embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad.
The Iranian government promptly condemned the attack and Rowhani asked the judiciary to punish the protesters and to halt embassy attacks, which have recurred throughout the Islamic Republic 37-year history and often complicated its foreign policy.
Iranian demonstrators attacked the embassy of the United States in 1979, Kuwait in 1987, Saudi Arabia in 1988, Denmark in 2006 and Britain in 2011 - most of which have led to a breach in diplomatic relations.
None of the attackers in those incidents were convicted.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر