- A senior Iranian lawmaker has strongly condemned the Saudi execution of a number of Iranian nationals as violation of international law.
"The Saudi move is in violation of international conventions and regulations and the foreign minister of this country (Saud al-Faisal) must be held accountable to the Iranian public opinion," Chairman of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Saturday.
He said the measure was in violation of international law since the Saudi government executed the Iranian nationals before first proving the charges of drug possessions.
Boroujerdi cited denying the inmates of consular access and the right to a lawyer and an interpreter as "blatant violations of human rights" by the Saudi government.
On April 18, Press TV reported that Saudi officials had executed eight Iranian sailors in the eastern city of Dammam without any legal proceedings.
According to the Saudi Al-Tagheer news channel, the executions were carried out on April 15 on the order of the Saudi Interior Ministry.
On May 30, the Persian-language Tabnak news website reported that Saudi officials in Dammam have executed 10 more Iranian citizens.
The website added that a total of 25 Iranians are kept at Dammam prison and 18 of them have been executed in two stages.
The prisoners are Iranian sailors who were arrested on a fishing boat in international waters 70 miles off the coast of Saudi Arabia six years ago on charges of drug possession.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi Arabia's charge d' affaires on June 11 to express the Islamic Republic's strong objection to the executions and to announce that Tehran will pursue the case via relevant organizations.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry plans to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia over the issue.