Iran chides EU for handing Sakharov Prize to dissidents

DUBAI - Iran criticized the European Union on Sunday for giving its prize for human rights and freedom of thought to two Iranians, a lawyer and a filmmaker, who were cut off from the outside world for defying the country's leadership.
The European Union awarded human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi with its Sakharov Prize for their courage in defending fundamental liberties.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the decision in October to honour Sotoudeh and Panahi was a political move.