Archive for April 20, 2012
Brazil says it will seek an explanation from Iran after an Iranian diplomat was accused of molesting underage girls at a swimming pool in Brasilia. The Iranian official was questioned by police following complaints from parents but released after invoking diplomatic immunity. Iran’s embassy denied the allegations, and said they were the result of a “cultural misunderstanding”. Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota called them “very worrying”. The un-named Iranian diplomat was accused of inappropriately touching girls between 9 and 15 years old at a pool in a private club last weekend, Brazilian media reported. The father of one of the girls told the G1 website that the diplomat was almost lynched by angry parents before security staff intervened. “People wanted to kill him,” the unnamed father said. The Iranian embassy said the allegations were the result of “a misunderstanding resulting from differences in cultural behaviour”. It also accused the Brazilian media of deliberately sensationalising the incident. But Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said he was taking the allegations very seriously and would ask the Iranian embassy for clarification before deciding what action to take.
The US embassy to Azerbaijan urges the government of the country to start immediate investigation and hold accountable the persons that are responsible for the attacks against journalist Idrak Abbasov. On 18 April, the employee of the Zerkalo newspaper and Institute of Reporters Freedom and Security Idrak Abbasov was subjected to physical pressure as he was recording the process of demolition of houses and clashes between local residents and officials of the SOCAR security services in Sulutapa. Correspondent of the Yeni Musavat newspaper Gunay Musayeva also suffered as a result of the incident. President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev signed an order to create the commission which will deal with the investigation.