Iran’s Ahmadinejad writes to Obama over asset seizure
Tehran, Iran, August 8
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written a letter to US President Barack Obama, urging him to “quickly fix” a US Court ruling that allowed the seizure of $1.8 billion of Iranian assets.
“On June 9, 2014, a court in America, based on unfounded claims without presenting any reliable documents, issued a sentence based on which about two billion Dollars of the Iranian nation’s assets would be seized unlawfully which is an obvious instance of transgression. This sentence was later on upheld by the American judiciary system on April 20, 2016 and consequently those assets were seized, which has raised widespread public protests among the Iranian people nationwide,” the letter reads, Dolate Bahar, a website associated with the former president reported August 8.
“It is the clear expectation of the Iranian nation that the particular case of property seizure, which fully occurred during your term in office, and actually toward the end of the term, and which is counter to all international legal principles and rules, be quickly fixed by your excellency and that not only the Iranian nations right be restored, and the seized property released and returned, but also the damages caused be fully compensated for,” it adds.
“Though I believe the Iranian nation will itself restore its right, I passionately advise you not to let the historical defamation and bitter incident be recorded under your name, within the framework of unilateral and unjustified relations of the two states, hence deepening the historical distrust.”