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Iran Urges Romania to Report on Ambiguous Death of Fugitive Judge

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"The Romanian authorities should provide Iran with a report on the accurate cause of the fugitive Iranian judge's death," Mousavi said.

Iran confirmed last Saturday that the fugitive judge (Gholamreza Mansouri) who is accused of receiving bribe before fleeing the country, had been arrested by the Interpol in Romania.

In relevant remarks on Friday, Iran's Interpol chief Brigadier General Hadi Shirzad confirmed the death of former Iranian judge .

"We have received a message from Interpol in Bucharest, Romania, that an unexpected incident has occurred for a person wanted by Iran in Bucharest, In which the wanted man had thrown himself out of the window of his hotel," Brigadier General Shirzad said.

"The person is under custody of the Interpol and necessary coordination has been made to extradite him," Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli told reporters on June 13.

He, meantime, said that given the coronavirus outbreak, foreign flights have halted in Romania for now, leading to the delayed extradition of Mansouri.

"We hope that this mutual cooperation (with the Interpol) will continue," Esmayeeli said.

Officials have claimed that the judge, who has left the country, had received a bribe of 500,000 euros ($570,000).

In a video posted online on June 8, Mansouri didn’t give details about his whereabouts, but he said he would return to Iran as soon as travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic are eased.

Some media reports claimed that Mansouri had gone to Germany to receive medical treatment.

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