Iran urges official Saudi statement on Jeddah teen abuse
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 12
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in Parliamentary, Consular, and Overseas Nationals Affairs Hassan Qashqavi has said that the Islamic Republic demands a formal statement by the Saudi Arabia government on a recent teen abuse in Jeddah airport.
Two Iranian teenagers were sexually assaulted in Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport by the airport's security officers about two weeks ago.
The two officers are under arrest and their case is in the hands of the attorney general awaiting indictment, Qashqavi stated, Mehr news agency reported April 12.
The presiding Saudi official has announced that the two will receive maximum punishment, the Iranian diplomat said.
He added that Tehran has requested for the plaintiffs' families as well as a representative from the Iranian consulate in Saudi Arabia to be able to witness the prosecution.
Although Saudi officials have expressed pity in official meetings, our public demands a formal statement by them, Qashqavi asserted.
The Saudi airport officials reportedly separated the two Iranians from other members of their group, who were returning from their pilgrimage, and sexually assaulted them.
On April 7, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi chargé d'affaires in Tehran in regard to the issue.