TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (Press Shia Agency) – The government of Iran is seriously investigating the case of an Iranian-American 25-year-old man shot dead by police in US state of Virginia, says Bahram Ghasemi of foreign ministry.
“This case is under investigation and seriously followed up by the foreign ministry,” said Iranian Foreign ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi on Wednesday.
The Iranian diplomat made the remarks after an Iranian-American young man of 25 years old was shot 3 times in head by two officers of Park Police in Fairfax County, Virginia, US, while FBI attestation affirms that the young man was unarmed.
Besides expressing deep sorrow over the “horrific murder of the young Iranian”, Mr. Ghasemi condemned the crime and extended asympathies with the victim’s family.
“The foreign ministry will follow the case thorough the legal and formal channels to restore the rights of the Iranian nationals,” reassured the Iranian diplomat.
Based on the local accounts, Bijan C. Ghaisar, of McLean, Virginia, was an accountant for his father’s firm, and a 2010 graduate of Langley High School and Virginia Commonwealth University.
According to the statement released by the victim’s family, Ghaisar was shot three times in the head and suffered irreversible brain damage. A witness told the media last week that she saw two officers approach the Jeep and open fire at close range near Fort Hunt Road and Alexandria Avenue. Authorities have not said why the officers fired.
“The reason for the murder of our son has yet to be determined, though no reasoning could possibly justify the actions of the one or more Park Police officers involved in this unthinkable act,” the statement said.
Ghaisar was shot after police said that he was involved in a hit-and-run crash and then led police on a short chase into Fairfax County on the George Washington Memorial Parkway on November 17.
The FBI is leading an independent investigation of the Park Police officers’ actions and confirmed Ghaisar’s death.
This is not the first time an unarmed driver is shot dead for driving offences.