Tehran imposes sanctions on European officials and entities

Tehran imposes sanctions on European officials and entities
Tehran imposes sanctions on European officials and entities
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On Wednesday, Iran announced new sanctions against 25 persons and entities from the European Union and nine from the United Kingdom, in response to the sanctions imposed on it on Monday.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that Tehran accuses these people and entities of “supporting terrorism and terrorist groups (…) encouraging violence against the Iranian people” and “spreading false information about Iran,” according to Agence France-Presse.

On Tuesday, Iran warned that it would take measures in response to the new sanctions approved by Brussels and London on Monday, more than four months after the brutal crackdown launched by the authorities to curb protests following the death of Mahsa Amini.

The EU foreign ministers added 37 Iranian individuals and entities to their sanctions list for human rights violations. The Brits also added five people and two entities to their list. Most of the sanctions targeted the Revolutionary Guards, which have units parallel to the regular army and the Ministry of Intelligence, in addition to companies involved in the Iranian economy.

The new Iranian sanctions list includes eight French people, including the socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, writer Bernard-Henri Levy, and former parliamentarian Gilbert Mitterrand, son of former French President Francois Mitterrand. It included Minister Delegate for Cities and Housing Oliver Klein. and German MEP Dietmar Koster. Colonel Timo Heimbach, Commander of German Forces in Jordan, and Colonel Tim Zahn, Head of the Cyber ​​Security Center of the German Army. In addition to Dennis Tring, it included the head of the Christian Democratic Caucus in the Hamburg state parliament, Gregor Lang, German police chief of Dortmund, and from France, the list included Emmanuel Salars, the French commander of the European naval coalition mission in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, according to the Mehr government agency.

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Tehran imposed sanctions on British Attorney General Victoria Prentice and her deputy, Michael Tomlinson, in a similar response to the British sanctions that targeted Attorney General Mohammad Jaafar Montazeri and his deputy over the execution of the former official, Ali Reza Akbari, who holds dual British and Iranian nationalities. Sanctions were imposed on the Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, Patrick Sanders.

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Sanctions were imposed on deputies in the European Parliament, such as the Swedish Abeer Al-Sahlani, the Italian Anna Ponfresco, the Austrian Lucas Mandel, the Dutch Bart Grothes, Thes Reuten, a member of the European Parliament representing the Dutch Labor Party, and Alejo Vidal Quadras, a former vice-president of the European Parliament from Spain.

It also includes three directors of Charlie Hebdo magazine, which was previously included as an entity in the previous sanctions package. The satirical newspaper angered Tehran in early January by publishing caricatures of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Among the three targeted entities are France-based Radio J and the European Friends of Israel group of MEPs.

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