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Iran takes Canada to top UN court over terror listing
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Iran has dragged Canada to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for allegedly breaching Tehran’s state immunity by designating it a sponsor of terrorism, the UN’s top court said Wednesday.

The Islamic republic challenged its listing by Ottawa as a terror sponsor in 2012, when Canada also broke off diplomatic ties, closed its Tehran embassy and ordered Iranian diplomats to leave.

Iran said Canada had breached international law by court rulings which ordered Iranian assets to be handed over to victims of attacks blamed on groups sponsored by Tehran.

The Hague-based ICJ said in a statement that Iran had launched legal proceedings against Canada on Tuesday “concerning alleged violations of its immunities” as a sovereign state.

“Canada has adopted and implemented a series of legislative, executive, and judicial measures against Iran and its property in breach of its international obligations,” Iran said in its filing to the court.

Iran respectfully requests the Court to adjudge and declare that by failing to respect the immunities of Iran and its property, Canada has violated its international obligations toward Iran.”

There was no immediate reaction from Canada.


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