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News > Repayment of £450 million for decades long legal case of British debt to Iran is near, but no connection with Mrs. Zaghari case


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Repayment of £450 million for decades long legal case of British debt to Iran is near, but no connection with Mrs. Zaghari case

Repayment of £450 million for decades long legal case of British debt to Iran is near, but no connection with Mrs. Zaghari case

Iranian ambassador to the UK in an interview with Iranian journalists in London, told that the British government repayment of the £450 million debt to the Islamic Republic of Iran which is related to a four decades old arm deal is of no relevance to the case of Nazanin Zaghari who has been indicted for security charges in Iran or any other issue in the last one and a half year.

Mr. Baeidi-Nejad added that legal case against British military firm has a long history and is not a case of the past couple of years. The contract between Iran and UK over Chieftain Tanks and armoured vehicles were signed in 1974 and 1976, something around more than 40 years ago. 

According to him After the victory of the Islamic Revolution the main parts of the pact were not met and the UK side breached the deal. Accordingly, Iran lodge a legal complaint against the British firm and the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands, got into position as the referee with the jurisdiction to settle the case. Following up the Iranian case against the British, the court rolled out its first verdict in 2001 and the British were convicted in both cases.

Based on the accord between Iran and the UK in 1974 the British firm received an advance complete payment from Iran and delivered some Tanks in the next few years before the Islamic Revolution, but it stopped adhering to its deal commitments after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 that toppled the US-backed monarch. 

Of note, the British government sold the remaining tanks to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to be used against Iran in the 1980-88 imposed war. 

However the case of Mrs. Nazanin Zaghari, is a new one of almost one and a half year irrelevant to a legal case which goes back to more than four decades ago.  Mr. Baeidi Nejad added that the psychological pressures upon Nazanin Zaghari and her husband because of their young child is appreciable as they have a young child kept far from them by Zaghari’s parents in Iran, however, Zaghari has the full access to meet her child on a regular basis. During the calls and negotiations, we have reassured the British side that from the humane aspect of the issue, Iranian officials will do their best to help Ms. Zaghari and her family.

 


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