- The Washington Times - Friday, July 19, 2013

Iran’s foreign ministry entered the George Zimmerman debate on Friday, scorning the not-guilty murder decision and criticizing America for obvious and widespread discrimination.

“The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once again clearly demonstrated the unwritten, but systematic racial discrimination against racial, religious, and ethnic minorities in the U.S. society,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi said, in the nation’s state-owned Fars News Agency.

“The court ruling has also seriously put under question the fairness of the judicial process in the United States,” he said.

The Washington Free Beacon cited the spokesman as saying America should have conducted the trial in a more “accurate and fair” way. Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last Saturday.

“Several months on since a probe was launched [into the murder], the public opinion in the U.S. and across the world expect transparency, an accurate and fair judicial investigation into the case, with due regard to human rights principles for American citizens and a ban on discrimination against minorities in the country,” he said, in the media report.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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