News ID: 273763
Published: 0130 GMT September 05, 2020

Prosecutors: Iranian fugitive judge committed suicide in Romania

Prosecutors: Iranian fugitive judge committed suicide in Romania

A fugitive Iranian judge whose corpse was found in Bucharest in June had committed suicide by jumping from a hotel's 5th floor, Romanian prosecutors said.

Gholamreza Mansouri, 52, had fled corruption charges in Iran last year, Reuters reported.

Mansouri, who was accused of taking a 500,000-euro bribe, was a codefendant in a major financial corruption trial in Iran that also involves former deputy head of the Judiciary Akbar Tabari, among others.

Iranian authorities had issued an alert for Mansouri’s arrest through the International Criminal Police Organization and requested his extradition to Iran.

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

Bucharest's 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."




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