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Kacavand not guilty, freed

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Paris, May 6, IRNA -- Rejecting US demand for deporting Iranian citizen Majid Kacavand to US, and considering US judiciary logic as wrong, a Paris court here Wednesday acquitted him of accused crimes and ordered his freedom.

According to IRNA correspondent in Paris, Kacavand who was visiting France personally on Iranian New Year, Nouruz vacations, had been accused baselessly by the US officials of buying facilities in Paris with dual usage, and ordered him to be arrested respectively and deported to the United States to be put to trail there.

The Paris court in charge of surveying the file presented by the prosecutor, after technical surveys about the acquired facilities, finally issued the “not guilty” verdict on Wednesday for Kacavand, rejecting the baseless US judiciary arguments.

The court’s presiding judge also stressed in his verdict, “There is no convincing reason why this Iranian citizen should be deported to the United States under custody.”

According to French judiciary officials, the Paris Prosecutor had last month declared that the facilities purchased by Kacavand could not be used dually for military purposes, in accordance with the technical judgment of the French military officials, following which the court issued the acquitted verdict of Mr. Kacavand.

After hearing the not guilty verdict of the court Majid Kacavand told the reporters that the verdict is authentic proof that the entire accusations brought up by the Americans against him were efforts aimed at deceiving the French Judiciary System.

The first move made by Kacavand after being released from prison was getting his passport back and announcing that he would get back home on the first available flight.

Denouncing the political pressure imposed by the United States in his file, he said, “The Americans had better realize they cannot impose their special laws to be implemented in other countries.”

Kacavand also rejected the existence of any kind of deal regarding the freedom of (the French citizen Clotilde) Reiss (who was arrested in the course of post-election unrests in Tehran) in return for his freedom, arguing, “These are two separate issues.”

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