The Week in Review: September 4th – September 11th


Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif could be traveling to Britain next week, according to reports by Iranian media outlets.

Zarif’s plans to visit Europe could centre around an agenda to ask European leaders to block an attempt by the US to re-impose UN sanctions on Iran set to expire next month.

The UK Foreign Office was unable to confirm whether the trip, which is likely to include several other EU countries, had been arranged.

British dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was told she would face a second court case in Iran.

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe said the alleged new charges were included in Nazanin’s first court case, making them inadmissible in any future trial.

A full court hearing is set to take place on Sunday.

Lawsuits launched by family members of the victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 were finally served on the Iranian government, more than eight months after the crash happened.

Iran’s security forces accidentally shot down the passenger jet in January, during a period of heightened tension between the US and Iran. The crash killed all 176 passengers on board.

Canada’s federal government said it delivered two class-action lawsuits to Tehran’s foreign affairs ministry, and that the delay in serving the filings was down to logistical roadblocks caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Canadian government had been accused by the families’ lawyers of stalling service in order to build diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic.

And U.S. President Donald Trump asked the Iranian government not to execute champion wrestler Navid Afkari. Afkari was given two death sentences by an Iranian court for taking part in anti-government protests in 2018. Trump made the appeal in a tweet on Thursday.

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