Group calls on Ghana, Nigeria to demand full disclosure about executed citizens from Iran

The governments of Ghana and Nigeria are being called upon to demand full disclosure of circumstances leading to the execution of their citizens in Iran by the government of that country.

A group, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says the governments of the two West African countries should press the Iranian authorities to provide a full and transparent account concerning the alleged executions of citizens from these countries in Iran.

The group says it has written to the foreign ministers of the two countries about what it says are credible reports of two executions of Africans in group executions in the Persian country.

It said the executions were carried out at Vakilabad prison in Mashad.

According to the group, the Nigerian citizen whose name it gave as Paul Chindo was reportedly executed with nine other Iranian men on October 26, 2010, while on  August 18, 2010, a Ghanaian citizen, whose name it gave as Aquasi Aquwabe, (probably Akwasi) was allegedly put to death in another group execution.

“The governments of Nigeria and Ghana should let the public know whether or not Iranian officials told them they were going to prosecute and execute their citizens,” said Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director of the group, adding that “If not, Iran has failed its international obligation to permit foreign nationals facing criminal charges to seek assistance from their embassies.”

At the time of publishing this story, has been unable to contact Ghana’s foreign ministry to verify this allegation.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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