Canada Asked to Account for Iranian’s Death

Canada Asked to Account for Iranian’s Death

Tehran condemned the fatal shooting of an Iranian national by the Canadian police, calling for Ottawa’s explanation over the issue. “Unfortunately, we have been informed that an Iranian citizen residing in Canada, Babak Saeedi, who was also sick, has been killed by a police gunshot,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Thursday, Press TV reported. “We are examining the details; we will follow up on the matter through competent authorities to clarify its different aspects, and we will ask the Canadian government for explanation.” Babak Saeedi, 43, was shot and killed at the Ontario Provincial Police detachment in Morrisburg on Dec. 23. Babak, who had schizophrenia, was required to check in weekly at the detachment after his conviction for assault and battery in 2014, his sister said. Qasemi pointed to myriads of problems the Iranian community in Canada is facing as a result of the closure of Iran’s diplomatic mission in the country, noting that Tehran’s efforts over the past two years to resume consular services for its citizens in Canada have not achieved a favorable result. In October, a delegation of Canadian diplomats traveled to Tehran and held talks with Iranian officials over resumption of bilateral diplomatic relations, which were severed in Sept. 2012.


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