The EU has joined the chorus of criticism of Iran over the execution of a British national.
On Sunday the EU issued a statement which reads: “The European Union condemns in the strongest terms the execution in Iran of Iranian-British national Alireza Akbari and recalls yet again its strong opposition against the application of capital punishment in any circumstance.”
It added,”The European Union offers its condolences to Mr Akbari’s family and expresses its full solidarity with the United Kingdom. The execution of a European citizen is an appalling precedent that will be followed closely by the EU.”
The strongly worded statement continued, “The death penalty violates the inalienable right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.”
The EU concluded, “The European Union calls on Iran to refrain from any future executions and to pursue a consistent policy towards the abolition of capital punishment.”