Germany decided to expel two regime diplomats from Iran after the death sentence of an Iranian-German citizen

Jamshid Sharmahd during his trial in Iran. AFP

The German government will expel two members of the Iranian embassy in Berlin after the death sentence of an Iranian-Germanthe foreign minister announced on Wednesday.

Following Tuesday’s death penalty verdict against Jamshid Sharmahdthe German Foreign Minister, annalena baerbocksaid in a statement that Berlin was “declaring two Iranian embassy staff persona non grata” and “ordering them to leave Germany.”

A ministry spokesman later said the Iranians would have “a few days” to leave the country.

He Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned “in the strongest terms” the verdict against Sharmahd, who his supporters say was kidnapped abroad and forcibly returned to Iran for a show trial.

“The Iranian regime is fighting its own people in every possible way and shows no respect for human rights,” he tweeted, calling on Tehran to overturn the “unacceptable” death penalty ruling.

Baerbock summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires on the case and called for Sharmahd to receive “a fair appeal based on the rule of law.”

The German Foreign Minister has been at the forefront of Western voices condemning Tehran’s bloody crackdown on demonstrations and executions of anti-government protesters.

Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Sharmahd, 67, in connection with a deadly 2008 mosque bombing, the judiciary website reported. Mizan Online.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.  REUTERS/Yves Hermann
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. REUTERS/Yves Herman (YVES HERMAN/)

Iranian authorities announced in August 2020 that Sharmahd, who is also a US resident, was arrested in what they described as a “complex operation” without specifying how, where or when he was captured.

His family says that was kidnapped by Iranian security services while in transit in Dubai and then taken to Iran.

need heroic measures

His daughter, Gazelle Sharmahd, insisted Wednesday on his innocence and called on European Union countries to increase pressure to save him.

European governments “should use every means in their political arsenal, every single one of them,” he told the AFP. “He needs heroic measures right now. It needs extreme measures.”

Baerbock had condemned the ruling on Tuesday as “absolutely unacceptable” and promised a “strong reaction” to the decision, which resulted in the removal order on Wednesday.

“The death penalty is not only cruel, inhuman and degrading, but it Jamshid Sharmahd has never had anything resembling a fair trial“, said.

Jamshid Sharmahd with his daughter
Jamshid Sharmahd with his daughter

Iran’s regime accuses Sharmahd of leading the Tondar group which aims to overthrow the Islamic republic and is banned as a terrorist organization by the regime.

Mizan said Sharmahd planned to commit 23 “terrorist” acts, of which he succeeded in five, including the bombing of a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz on April 12, 2008, which killed 14 people and injured 300 others.

Prosecutors also accused Sharmahd of having established contact with “FBI and CIA officers” and of having “attempted to contact Israeli Mossad agents.”

In 2009, Iran sentenced and hanged three men for the Shiraz bombing, claiming they had ties to the royalist group and had received orders from a US-based “Iranian CIA agent” in an attempt to assassinate a senior official in Iran.


Sharmahd’s family rejected the charges against him and expressed concern about his conditions of detention.

Gazelle Sharmahd said that her father he had lost all his teeth in jail and he no longer had the right to speak to his loved ones.

“Dad has been fading away in prison,” he said.

“We don’t even know where he is, we don’t know how he is or if he knows this horrible news (of the verdict), and if every time his cell door opens he thinks he’s going to be pulled out for the last time.”

The head of the group Iran Human Rights (IHR) based in Norway, Mahmood Amiry MoghaddamHe urged a resolute response from the European Union to the death sentence, which he said Tehran was using as a political tool.

“Kidnapping and threatening to kill Jamshid Sharmahd based on an illegal sentence is an attempt by the Islamic Republic to blackmail the European Union with the aim of relieving political pressure,” it said in a statement.

“Germany and the European community must react decisively to this terrorist act.”

With information from AFP

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