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Ahmadinejad Says “Sailors Are Free To Go”

From the terrorists at Al Jazeera:

Ahmadinejad: Sailors are free to go

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 04, 2007

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has said he has pardoned 15 British sailors accused of illegally entering his country’s waters.

The shock announcement came at the end of a 45-minute speech in Tehran during a news conference on Wednesday, at the end of which Ahmadinejad said the 15 were to be released and returned to their families.

Although Iran has the right to prosecute them by following the model of the Prophet, the 15 people were pardoned and their freedom given as a gift to the British people,” Ahmadinejad said.

“After the news conference they can go to the airport and go back home. They will be going back home today.”

He told reporters that Britain was wrong to take the dispute to the UN and awarded the medal of honour to the military commander in charge of the forces who arrested the sailors

The host of the news conference said Iran was holding a ceremony on Wednesday to mark the release of the sailors and that reporters could attend

According to Ali-Reza Ronaghi, Al Jazeera’s correspondent at the conference, the decision to wait until the very end of the press conference before making the dramatic announcement was typical of Ahmadinejad.

“It is very typical of him [Ahmadinejad], 40 minutes of history then cut through at the end just when people are making their verdict,” he said…

What a great guy, huh?

  Update!

From Iran’s news agency IRNA:

Faye Turney, 26, foreground left, the only woman amongst the British navy personnel, seized by Iran, turns way as Arthur Batchelor, far left, waits and Andrew Henderson, center, talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, third right, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Ahmadinejad announced that his government would release the 15 detained British sailors and marines Wednesday as an Easter season gift to the British people.

Released British marines meet with President Ahmadinejad

Tehran, April 4, IRNA

In a special ceremony on Wednesday the 15 British marines had a sincere meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and thanked him for the amnesty.

They exchanges discourse one by one with the president and lauded the humane treatment of Iranian government and nation.

Wearing uniforms, they said that Iranians treated them in a friendly and hospitable way.

President Ahmadinejad said that he hoped British Prime Minister Tony Blair would not prosecute the soldiers for telling the truth.

It’s a beautiful thing.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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