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Official: Judiciary Force to survey Qolhak Garden case ASAP

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Zahedan, Nov 29, IRNA -- Deputy Judiciary Force Minister and Head of IRI Registrars Organization and said here Monday Qholhak Garden case is under survey at Judiciary Force and decision on it would be made a soon as possible.

Ahmad Touyserkani added in an exclusive interview with IRNA in Zahedan Monday night, 'The Judiciary Force is ready for surveying the case, but the other concerned bodies which are in charge of preserving the country's resources must beware of changing the usage of the green areas.'

He reiterated, 'The Judiciary Force had also earlier announced its readiness for surveying the violations occurred in Qolhak garden thus far.

The Head of the IRI Registrars and Real Estate stressed at the end, 'This organization, too, would in accordance with the laws and the Judiciary Force verdict, act regarding the Qolhak Garden.'

The Majlis National Security Subcommittee has called for the case of the British Embassy’s expropriation of the Qolhak Garden to be seriously investigated, MP Hossein Sobhaninia said on Sunday.

The British ambassador’s residence is located in the Qolhak Garden.

Speaking to the Mehr News Agency, Sobhaninia, who is a member of the Majlis National Security Subcommittee, said that that the issue was discussed during a session of the subcommittee on Sunday.

The subcommittee decided that the issue should be vigorously investigated so that the Qolhak Garden can be re-appropriated, he added.

Sobhaninia also said that Brigadier General Mir Faisal Baqerzadeh, who is also the director of the Foundation for the Preservation and Publication of Sacred Defense Works and Values, read out a report at the session about the measures that have been taken to reacquire the land.

He went on to say that the subcommittee explored ways to re-appropriate the land.

During the session, it was agreed that the National Security Subcommittee would seriously pursue the matter.

According to Sobhaninia, Baqerzadeh’s report said that Britain has no document or evidence showing that it owns the Qolhak Garden and whatever document it has lacks authenticity.

According to the Mehr News Agency, the land was given to the British ambassador to Tehran during the reign of Nasereddin Shah Qajar to use as his summer residence, and, in a letter, it had been stated that the land belongs to the Iranian Government.

Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf said on October 31 that the case of the British Embassy’s expropriation of the Qolhak Garden will be referred to the Judiciary.

He also said that the fact that over 300 trees in the garden have been destroyed cannot be overlooked, adding, “I will instruct my colleagues at the Tehran Municipality to report the case of the British Embassy’s violations committed in the Qolhak Garden to the Judiciary as soon as possible.”

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30687923

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