UK Foreign Minister Cleverly Says Akbari Was ‘Lured Back’ to Iran

Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly. REUTERS./

 – Britain’s foreign minister James Cleverly said on Monday that Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian national who was executed by Iran on Saturday, was “lured back” to the country three years ago before facing an arbitrary legal process.

“They (Akbari’s family) have shared his ordeal. An ordeal which began just over three years ago when he was lured back to Iran,” Cleverly said in a statement in parliament.

“He was detained and then subjected to the notorious and arbitrary legal process of the (Iranian) regime.”

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman and William James; Editing by Alistair Smout)

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