Masoud Qaderi, a Kurdish asylum seeker from Bukan in Iranian Kurdistan, committed suicide on August 22 after his case was rejected by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) in Glarus canton, his friends told Avatoday.
Qaderi entered Switzerland about two and a half years ago but the SEM rejected his case recently.
Three friends of Qaderi talked to Avatoday on condition of anonymity. They said the SEM surprisingly had consulted an agent of the Islamic Republic embassy in Geneva regarding Qaderi’s case.
According to the friends, the SEM shares the cases of Iranian asylum seekers-- most of them political activists-- with Hassan Amirshahi, who is an Iranian agent. “The cases must be approved by Amirshahi.”
“Hassan Amirshahi and his son, Matin are director of an airline and Iranian tour office. Amirshahi is also the lawyer for Islamic Republic embassy in Geneva,” one of the sources explained.
The officials at the SEM in Glarus asked several friends of Qaderi to remain silent and not talk about his case with the media, the sources claimed.
“How is it even possible that someone who is officially working with the Islamic Republic embassy be in charge of the cases of asylum seekers?” Qaderi’s friends criticized the SEM’s way of handling the process of asylum seeking.
“Islamic Republic of Iran wants political activists to be deported, so they can punish them in whatever ways possible, and now the SEM shares the cases of these asylum seekers with an agent of Islamic Republic,” they blamed Switzerland.