The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly condemned as illegal the sale of Iran’s cultural buildings in Canada under a court ruling, describing it as a blatant violation of international laws.
In a statement on Friday, Abbas Mousavi said the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran will not compromise with any other government when it comes to protecting the rights of its citizens, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported.
The spokesperson also called for the immediate return of the buildings and properties, warning that if the illegal decision is not revoked and the damages are not compensated, Iran will take action by itself based on international regulations in order to restore its rights.
In this case, Mousavi added, the Canadian government will be responsible for all its consequences.
The comments came after a report by Global News said Canada has gifted some $30 million worth of Iranian assets to the victims of terrorist attacks in which Iran says has not been involved.
According to a document filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice revealed in August, the victims have received their share of the money earned through the sale of two Iranian-owned buildings in Ottawa and Toronto.
The valuable Ottawa property, sold for $26.5 million, was used as the Iranian Cultural Center, and the Toronto building, sold for $1.85 million, served as the Center for Iranian Studies, the Global News reported.
In addition to the $28 million earned from the sale of the two properties, the victims were also awarded a share of some $2.6 million seized from Iran’s bank accounts. Documents also list a Toyota Camry and Mazda MPV, Press TV reported.
Source: Iranian media