Iran demands extradition of “terrorists”

Two Iranian exiles detained on Sunday. Iran is demanding that Finland extradite two Iranian men whom it accuses of being members of the MKO organisation, which it considers a terrorist group.

The two were stopped while entering Finland on Sunday.

The chairwoman of the Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, Heidi Hautala (Green) says that the men came to Finland to take part in preparations for the visit of the organisation’s leader Maruam Rajavi, who was invited to Finland by the Parliament’s human rights group.

Officials held the two at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol.

Helsingin Sanomat has learned that the warrant was issued at the request of Iran. There was no suspicion that the two would commit crimes while in Finland.

The police kept the two in custody from Sunday until the Wednesday court hearing.

Police asked the court to allow the two to be kept in jail until Finland decides on Iran’s extradition request.

The court let the men go, but they were ordered not to leave the country.

The Ministry of Justice will decide on the extradition request. Helsingin Sanomat was not able to reach Minister of Justice Tuija Brax (Green).

“It is very dangerous to let them go even for a short time, as they can flee. The Finns are not used to these kinds of people”, said Iranian Ambassador Reza Nazarahari to Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday evening.

He says that the two should be handed over to Iran to face trial (…)

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

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