Family fear for Dutch-Iranian prisoner

9th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch-Iranian , who was also being held in Iran. He has told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that the Dutch foreign ministry isn’t doing enough to help his father. The ministry says access to Mr al Mansouri senior has been denied them for over a year.

Abdullah al Mansouri was arrested in Syria in May 2006 and extradited to Iran. He was chairman of the Ahwazi Liberation Organisation, which pushes for independence for Iran’s Arabic minority. In 1988, he was sentenced to death by an Iranian court for terrorism but managed to escape, and fled to the Netherlands. He has received a Dutch state honour for his work with Amnesty International.

After being extradited in 2006, Mr al Mansouri was again sentenced to death but, as a result of Dutch and other pressure from outside Iran, this was commuted to 30 years’ imprisonment. It is not known where he is being held.

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