October 28, 2021

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Iranian ex-choose dies in Romania after resort fall

Forensic worker carry a body from a hotel downtown Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 19, 2020. Gholamreza Mansouri, a former judge from Iran sought by his country to face corruption charges has died in unusual circumstances, Romanian media reported. Romanian police said only that a man had fallen from a high floor at a hotel in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, and was found dead. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former decide from Iran sought by his country to face corruption rates died Friday right after a drop in a resort, Romanian media claimed Friday.

Romanian police claimed only that a male experienced fallen from a significant flooring at a lodge in Bucharest, the Romanian money, and was identified dead at 2:30 p.m. (1130 GMT). They failed to establish him.

Romanian media determined the target as Gholamreza Mansouri, who fled Iran very last yr after authorities there alleged he took about 500,000 euros ($560,000) in bribes.

Mansouri, who was going through an extradition request by Iran, had denied the allegations. He said last week in a movie statement that he remaining Iran for unspecified medical therapy and that coronavirus journey restrictions prevented him from returning to deal with the expenses.

Before this 7 days, journalist legal rights groups and Iranian dissidents urged Romania to not deport Mansouri, stating he ought to be prosecuted in Europe for purchasing the mass arrest of reporters whilst serving as a choose in Tehran.

The German chapter of Reporters Without Borders filed a complaint with federal prosecutors in Germany past week, urging that Mansouri be investigated on allegations of torture and human rights abuses for ordering the arrest of 20 reporters in Iran in 2013.

German prosecutors verified Wednesday they have been hunting into the grievance, and Reporters with no Borders stated it experienced now filed a second grievance with Romanian authorities right after finding out Mansouri had slipped away from Germany already.

It was not apparent when Mansouri traveled to Romania, but Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaeili, mentioned June 13 that Mansouri experienced been arrested there and was expected to be returned to Iran “in the adhering to days.”

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In accordance to Romanian authorities, Mansouri experienced been produced from custody but saved underneath “judicial control,” through which he was banned from leaving the place and was obliged to existing himself to authorities at their request.

Mansouri is most effective known for ordering the mass arrest of the reporters in 2013 towards the close of really hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s time in office.

But in 2012, he also banned the reformist Shargh every day newspaper and detained its editor-in-chief in excess of a published cartoon that authorities considered insulting to those people who fought in the Iran-Iraq war.

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Associated Press author David Soaring in Berlin, and Andreea Alexandru in Bucharest, contributed to this report.