Iran tells Norway to stay out of Nobel medal row

Iran tells Norway to sta

November 27, 2009 20:54

Iran summoned Norway's ambassador Friday and said the country had no right to criticize the Islamic republic for confiscating Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's medal. In Norway, where the peace prize is awarded, the government said the confiscation of the gold medal was a shocking first in the history of the 108-year-old prize. Ebadi said Thursday that authorities took the medal about three weeks ago from a safe-deposit box in Iran, claiming she owed taxes on the $1.3 million she was awarded. Ebadi says that such prizes are exempt from tax under Iranian law. Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said Friday that Norway has no right to criticize Iran for enforcing its tax laws. He said Norwegian officials are trying to "justify ignorance and avoidance" of paying tax.

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