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US lodges charges against Iranian officials

US lodges charges against Iranian officials

The U.S. government is accusing two Iranian officials of being involved in what it calls "serious human rights abuses" and has blocked access to any assets the two might have in American financial institutions.
The Departments of State and Treasury said Wednesday that they are taking action against the prosecutor general in Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, and the commander of Iran's Basij paramilitary force, Mohammed Reza Naqdi.
U.S. officials say the abuses occurred during the disputed Iranian presidential election in 2009.
The decision means that the two men will be denied access to any bank accounts or other property they might have in U.S. financial institutions and that those institutions will be prohibited from dealing with them.