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Iran's Rafsanjani accuses US of acting with impunity in Iraq
Press Trust of India
Tehran, October 24
Iran's powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday accused the United States of acting with impunity in Iraq, saying its wave of arrests in the country was a "humiliation for mankind".
"The US is now arresting anyone it likes, and nobody has the courage to ask the US why it is arresting all these people," the head of the Islamic republic's top political arbitration body told weekly Muslim prayers in Tehran.
Rafsanjani emphasised the case of two Iranian journalists working for state television, detained in July by US troops who said they were spotted filming a military base in Baghdad.
The charismatic former president protested that Iran's envoy in Baghdad had only this week finally been allowed to visit the pair, Said Abou Taleb and Sohail Karimi.
"When other countries arrest (US) elements for spying, the US says that person is a political prisoner and puts pressure on that government," Rafsanjani said. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_432009,00050004.htm
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