Turkey Arrest of Iranian Dissident Coincides with Freedom House’s Transnational Repression Report

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Bruce Zagaris

On February 13, 2021, Reuters reported that Turkey arrested Mohammad Reza Naserzadeh, 43, an Iranian official, on suspicions that he helped plan the killing of Masoud Malvi Vradanjani, a critic of the Iranian political and military leadership.[1] On February 11, 2021, Freedom House released a report on transnational repression by certain countries, such as Iran, against their dissidents abroad.[2]

[1]    Reuters, Turkey arrests Iranian in 2019 killing, Wash. Post, Feb. 13, 2021.  Yaghoub Fazeli, Turkey arrests Iranian diplomat over killing of dissident in Istanbul: Daily Sabah, Al Arabiya English, Feb. 11, 2021.

[2]    Nate Schenkkan and Isabel Linzer, Out of Sight, Not Out of Reach: The Global Scale and Scope of Transnational Repression  https://freedomhouse.org/report/transnational-repression.