Mousavi: Canada’s Sale of Iran Assets a Breach of Int’l Law, Bears Consequences
By Staff, Agencies
Iran says the sale of its properties in Canada as per a court ruling to compensate a group of so-called ‘terror victims’ is an unlawful move that will have consequences for the Ottawa government if not revoked.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Friday strongly condemned the move as “a clear breach of the international law,” and urged the Canadian government to immediately return the properties and revoke the decision.
The spokesman warned that if Ottawa fails to immediately revoke the unlawful decision and compensate the damages, Tehran will take action by itself to restore its rights based on international regulations.
“In this case, the government of Canada will be held responsible for all the consequences,” he said, stressing that Iran will not compromise with any other government when it comes to protecting its citizens’ rights.
The comments came after a report by Global News said Canada has gifted some $30 million worth of Iranian assets to the victims of terrorist attacks in which Iran says has not been involved.
According to the report, the victims have received their share of the money earned through the sale of two Iranian-owned buildings in Ottawa and Toronto, a document filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in August reveals.
The valuable Ottawa property, sold for $26.5 million, was used as the Iranian Cultural Center, and the Toronto building, sold for $1.85 million, served as the Center for Iranian Studies, the Global News reported.
In addition to the $28 million earned from the sale of the two properties, the victims were also awarded a share of some $2.6 million seized from Iran’s bank accounts. Documents also list a Toyota Camry and Mazda MPV.