This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Iran: Relatives of jailed Iranian scientist urge US for his release02:21

Iran: Relatives of jailed Iranian scientist urge US for his release

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
October 22, 2019 at 17:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

The wife of jailed Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani, Mahnaz Rabie, alongside relatives and colleagues of her husband, held a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, condemning the United States justice system and urging his release from prison.

Rabie's comment follows the anniversary of Soleimani's detention in the United States, which has reportedly led to his deteriorated mental and physical conditions.

Masoud Soleimani, who was conducting research on how to treat stroke patients, travelled to the United States last year, after being invited by Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he was detained for allegedly violating trade sanctions.

"Professor Soleimani was arrested regarding charges over violating sanctions against Iran. However, he did not live in the US, did not do any business there and also did not buy anything," said Rabie.

"His two students were transferring the materials, the artificial-growth-hormones materials which are just for medical research, and even the materials had not been transferred and they [the students] mentioned the professor's name [Dr. Soleimani]. He did not commit any crime," she added.

Yaghoub Fatollahi, who works at the School of Medical Sciences at Tarbiat Modares University, also slammed the US government stating that if there was a documented crime, the US would have announced it clearly. "It has been more than one year that no documented claim has been presented in this regard yet. This is the attitude that is only expected from the US and their arrogance," he stated.

Soleimani, who is currently imprison near Atlanta, is facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail for conspiring and attempting to export unauthorised biological materials from the US to Iran.

Iran: Relatives of jailed Iranian scientist urge US for his release02:21
Restrictions

**NO Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto-1 TV/Iran International**

No Account? Sign up!
Description

The wife of jailed Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani, Mahnaz Rabie, alongside relatives and colleagues of her husband, held a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, condemning the United States justice system and urging his release from prison.

Rabie's comment follows the anniversary of Soleimani's detention in the United States, which has reportedly led to his deteriorated mental and physical conditions.

Masoud Soleimani, who was conducting research on how to treat stroke patients, travelled to the United States last year, after being invited by Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he was detained for allegedly violating trade sanctions.

"Professor Soleimani was arrested regarding charges over violating sanctions against Iran. However, he did not live in the US, did not do any business there and also did not buy anything," said Rabie.

"His two students were transferring the materials, the artificial-growth-hormones materials which are just for medical research, and even the materials had not been transferred and they [the students] mentioned the professor's name [Dr. Soleimani]. He did not commit any crime," she added.

Yaghoub Fatollahi, who works at the School of Medical Sciences at Tarbiat Modares University, also slammed the US government stating that if there was a documented crime, the US would have announced it clearly. "It has been more than one year that no documented claim has been presented in this regard yet. This is the attitude that is only expected from the US and their arrogance," he stated.

Soleimani, who is currently imprison near Atlanta, is facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail for conspiring and attempting to export unauthorised biological materials from the US to Iran.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
01:39
Spain: Two dead after train derails in Zamora 
June 02 at 21:59 GMT +00:00
01:21
Greece: Protesters burn US flag outside consulate during rally for George Floyd
June 02 at 19:46 GMT +00:00
02:16
France: Police fire tear gas at protest against police brutality in Paris
June 02 at 20:18 GMT +00:00
01:12
USA: Fire, looting ensue in Manhattan ahead of 11pm curfew
June 02 at 07:46 GMT +00:00
02:21
Greece: Demonstrators rally outside US Embassy in solidarity with George Floyd protests
June 02 at 01:56 GMT +00:00
04:01
Netherlands: Thousands attend Amsterdam anti-racism demo in solidarity with US Floyd protests
June 02 at 03:42 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
04:10
USA: 'I am your President of law and order' says Trump as he threatens to deploy military
June 02 at 00:58 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:35
USA: NYPD vehicle rams into crowd at Brooklyn George Floyd protest
June 01 at 23:54 GMT +00:00
04:55
USA: Arrests made at protest over George Floyd's death in Washington DC
June 02 at 07:32 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:12
USA: Police officers take a knee with George Floyd protesters in Des Moines
June 02 at 00:37 GMT +00:00
01:19
USA: Kneel-in protest against police brutality held in San Francisco
June 02 at 02:49 GMT +00:00
02:30
USA: Protesters flood Times Square to demand justice for George Floyd
June 02 at 00:23 GMT +00:00
02:56
USA: 'Trump and his tweets are not going to stop us' – Protests continue in DC despite curfew
June 02 at 09:16 GMT +00:00
03:14
USA: Several arrested as looting and riots continue in Manhattan
June 02 at 09:40 GMT +00:00
01:23
USA: Police car hits group of protesters crossing intersection in San Diego
June 01 at 19:07 GMT +00:00
01:20
USA: NYPD officer sent flying in apparent hit-and-run attack
June 02 at 08:25 GMT +00:00
02:16
Spain: Demonstrators demand justice for George Floyd in front of US Consulate in Barcelona
June 01 at 22:28 GMT +00:00
00:41
USA: Philadelphia police take a knee in solidarity with George Floyd protesters
June 02 at 18:03 GMT +00:00
01:07
Russia: Shops, parks reopen in Moscow after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease
June 01 at 17:32 GMT +00:00
03:19
Italy: Rome's landmark Colosseum reopens after three months
June 01 at 13:44 GMT +00:00
01:49
USA: Tear gas and blocked streets in LA George Floyd killing protests
May 31 at 07:24 GMT +00:00
02:26
USA: Shootings leave 1 dead, 1 police officer injured during George Floyd protest in Las Vegas
June 02 at 14:07 GMT +00:00
02:34
USA: National Guard use rubber bullets to keep Minneapolis protest at bay
June 01 at 07:19 GMT +00:00
02:58
USA: National Guard deployed amid protests enforce curfew in downtown LA
June 01 at 12:17 GMT +00:00
02:35
USA: Thousands fill the streets of NYC to demand justice for George Floyd
June 02 at 22:27 GMT +00:00
03:44
USA: NYC 'peaceful protest' unravels into vandalism and looting
June 01 at 09:00 GMT +00:00
View all videos