Thursday, December 09, 2004

Iran denies Egypt claims over assassination plot

IranMania News: "Iran denies Egypt claims over assassination plot

Thursday, December 09, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Dec 8 (IranMania) - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Wednesday dismissed as "sheer lie" the Egyptian prosecutor general's claims against an Iranian national, alleging Iran's involvement in plots against Egyptian officials.

Asefi expressed his strong protest against the allegations, saying the scenario is full of hostility and animosity, influenced by Iran's enemies, IRNA reported.

The charges against diplomat Mohammad Reza Doust, accused of helping an Egyptian national in the plot, were "without foundation" and Iran is itself a victim of terrorism and our stance against terrorism is clear and transparent," he said.

He stressed that the principled policies of Iran are based on observing the principle of mutual respect and non-intervention in other countries' affairs.

"Such vain allegations serve the policies of the Zionist regime and are against public interests of regional states," he said.

Asefi further said Iran's Foreign Ministry would seriously follow up the case.

Egypt's Prosecutor General Maher Abdel Wahed announced Tuesday that Egyptian Mahmud Aid Dabbus was charged with being paid $50,000 by Iran's Revolutionary Guards to assassinate the unnamed Egyptian target and of spying for Iran, charges that carry a possible 25-year prison term.

His alleged accomplice was identified as Doust, who served in the Iranian interests section in Cairo but left the country about a year ago for another post and will be tried in absentia.

Dabbus was also accused of providing Iran with details on a petrochemical facility at the Saudi port of Yanbu, where six Westerners were killed in a shooting rampage in May that was blamed on Islamist militants, according to Agence France Press (AFP).

The Islamic republic broke off full diplomatic ties with Egypt after it signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 but relations have thawed in recent years."

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