Case of Iranian detainees in US not related to held Americans - Foreign Ministry of Iran
There is no relations between the case of the three Americans arrested in Iran with the case of a number of Iranian detainees in the US, a Foreign Ministry official said Sunday, IRNA reported.
The three American citizens are currently under detention in Iran for illegal entery into the Iranian territory on July 31, 2009.
"Iran has strongly rejected any link between the two cases and calls for providing humanitarian situation based on the international standards for the Iranian nationals held in the US," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast told reporters.
He said a number of Iranian nationals were arrestted in the US only for political motivations.
Mehman-Parast called for "immedicate release" of the Iranian detainees in the US.
He stressed that the three Americans should be accountable "before the court of law, like anyone else, as they committed a clear offense (illegal entry into the Iranian territory)."
"Other charges against them including acting against Iran's national security or having the intention to do so are under investigation by related bodies," the spokesman said.
He stressed that the case of the three Americans "are merely judicial and would be followed up based on judiciary laws and regulations."
Mehman-Parast stated, "Any effort to influence the legal procedure of the three Americans' case through exerting political or media pressures which is currently underway in some of the European cities will have no effect on Iran's independent judicial system."
The spokesman added that Tehran has, so far, provided many opportunities for the US detainees based on "Islamic and humanitarian considerations" including allowing them to visit their mothers in best conditions and have phone contacts with their families as well as arranging a visit by the Swiss ambassador to Tehran.
The Swiss Embassy in Tehran acts as the protecting power of the US interests in the Islamic Republic.