16 Jul 2024
Saturday 5 September 2020 - 14:15
Story Code : 382933

Iranian judge in Romania committed suicide, prosecutors say

Reuters - A fugitive Iranian judge whose corpse was found in a Bucharest hotel in June had committed suicide by jumping from a hotels 5th floor, Romanian prosecutors said on Friday.

Gholamreza Mansouri, 52, fled corruption charges in Iran last year, one of several judges accused during a high-profile trial.

He was found dead on June 19 in the lobby of a hotel in Romanias capital. He had been under Romanian judicial supervision ahead of court hearings scheduled for July over a request by Tehran to extradite him.

European pro-democracy groups had also accused him of human rights violations.

Bucharests prosecuting unit, which closed the case this week, said in a statement Mansouri was the only client in the hotel. He fell from the 5th floor through the indoor (staircase) illuminator, from a height of 20 meters, hitting the ground floor to die on the spot.

The prosecutors said he vacated his 6th floor room and completed departure formalities, after which he took the elevator from the ground floor up to the 5th floor, from where he jumped.

A week before his death, the Paris-based media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders filed a complaint against Mansouri in Germany, where he was believed to have resided before traveling to Romania, accusing him of being responsible for the arrest and torture of at least 20 journalists in 2013.

Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

Your Name
Your Email Address