TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi announced that the country has made an official protest against the killing of Bijan Ghaisar, a 25-year-old Iranian national, by police in the US state of Virginia.
The protest was voiced during a meeting between the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s director general for Americas and the Swiss ambassador to Tehran – whose country represents the US interests in Iran, Qassemi said in a statement released on Monday night.
During the meeting an official note about Iran’s protest against the US administration was submitted to the Swiss diplomat, he added.
“Iran has called on the US administration to provide a formal explanation and asked for clarification on the dimensions of this unfortunate and unlawful event,” he said, adding, “The note also urges the US administration to prosecute the perpetrators and compensate for the damages,” he added.
The spokesman further emphasized that the Swiss ambassador said he will convey Iran’s message to the US authorities immediately, and that the results will be reported to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ghaisar was shot by the United States Park Police on the evening of November 17 and died 10 days later.
The US police alleged that the 25-year-old man had been involved in a hit-and-run accident. He died Monday night after 10 days on life support.
Ghaisar’s family said in a statement that he was shot three times in the head and suffered irreversible brain damage, adding that he had no weapons in his vehicle when shot.
“The reason for the murder of our son has yet to be determined,” the family said, adding, “Though no reasoning could possibly justify the actions of the one or more Park Police officers involved in this unthinkable act.”
A witness told The Washington Post last week that she saw two officers approach the young man's vehicle and open fire at close range.
The Post added that the officers’ names and the reason for the shooting had not been released. It is also unclear whether the shooting was justifiable.