EU parliament delegation’s meeting with ‘seditionists’ prompts backlash

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Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 8.25.32 AMAfter an eight-member European parliament delegation visited Tehran for the first time in six years in a sign of warming ties between Iran and the EU, a resulting backlash has raised demands for an inquiry after hard-liners in Iran criticized the delegation’s “secret” meeting with dissident filmmaker Jaffar Panahi and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh at the Greek Embassy in Tehran.

The head of Iran’s Administrative Justice Court, Mohammad Jaffar Montazeri, said in a public session that while it is customary for parliamentary delegations to discuss economic matters, this delegation “secretly met with two seditionists who were convicted in the 2009 sedition.” He added, “It needs to become clear who made this meeting possible.” The term “sedition” is used by Iranian officials in reference to the 2009 protests.

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