Iran Demands Justice for Trayvon Martin

The foreign ministry said George Zimmerman's acquittal is an example of widespread racial discrimination in America.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran's foreign ministry entered the growing debate surrounding George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Friday, criticizing the verdict and America for widespread racial discrimination, the Washington Times reports.

"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.

Read more at the Washington Times. 

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