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Iran's State Media Ex-Manager Faces Human Rights Complaint in France

June 21, 2024
2 min read
The complaint accuses Biazar of torture and human rights violations, adding a new dimension to his recent arrest in France
The complaint accuses Biazar of torture and human rights violations, adding a new dimension to his recent arrest in France

The human rights organization Justice for Iran has announced that it is filing a complaint against Bashir Biazar, a former manager of Iran's state media, in the French judiciary. 

The complaint accuses Biazar of torture and human rights violations, adding a new dimension to his recent arrest in France.

Biazar, previously the director of the Music Department at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), was arrested on June 3 in France. 

He is currently being held for deportation, but the new legal action aims to prevent his return to Iran.

In Paris, a police source told AFP that "expulsion proceedings" had been initiated against Biazar "in particular because he publicly made anti-French remarks."

Biazar has, in past months, been active on social media, making remarks strongly supporting Palestinians amid the war Hamas-Israel war.

"There is nothing, in terms of law, that justifies this measure," his French lawyer, Rachid Lemoudaa, said, referring to the expulsion proceedings.

"Bashir Biazar expressed himself on his Instagram account, as anyone could do freely in a state governed by the rule of law."

His client, who he said intended to start a hunger strike, "is the subject of an expulsion order, but his administrative detention was extended by 28 days on June 6.

"I think this procedure is political, and politics has no place in law," Lemoudaa added.

Earlier this month in Tehran, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said he hoped for Biazar's release "as soon as possible."

He added that the ministry "will continue to take the necessary measures until the expected result is achieved."

On Monday, Kazem Gharibabadi, the head of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights, also denounced his detention.

"The arrest of an Iranian citizen by the French police for having defended the oppressed Palestinian people (is) another scandal for France in the domain of human rights," he posted on X.

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