MEK Iran: Raisi Wont attend COP26
When Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi learned that authorities in Scotland were actively investigating a vast dossier of evidence against him, he abruptly canceled his plans to attend the COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow.
Raisi, who was looking forward to attending the COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, could have been arrested under universal jurisdiction, which allows a state to claim criminal jurisdiction over an accused person regardless of where the alleged crime was committed or the accused’s nationality.
Raisi’s nickname “The Butcher of Tehran” is well deserved. As Deputy Prosecutor in Tehran in the 1988 massacre, he was one of four men selected to a ‘death committee’ by the then Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, to carry out his infamous fatwa to massacre followers of the opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Within a few months of that, 30,000 political prisoners were brutally executed. Raisi often supervised the torture of men and women and then witnessed their hanging. He was head of the judiciary when orders were given to shoot dead protesters during a nationwide uprising in Iran in November 2019. Over 1,500 were killed and thousands injured.
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has delivered a stinging report on significant human rights breaches in Iran, in which he expresses concern about impunity for prior violations such as the killing of political prisoners in 1988. Guterres has accused Iran’s leadership of “destroying evidence of the execution of political dissidents at the time (1988), and the harassment and criminal prosecution of victims’ relatives demanding for truth and accountability.”
Raisi’s pariah status will now make international travel very difficult, especially if he dares to visit the West.
A dossier co-signed by five Iranian-British dual-nationality
A dossier co-signed by five Iranian-British dual-nationality litigants was also sent to Scottish police. It recounted how they, their relatives, or cellmates were “subjected to the crime of torture and extrajudicial executions on a large scale.”
Raisi may have stubbornly assumed that he could claim diplomatic immunity to avoid arrest by Scottish authorities, but the arrests of Hamid Noury and Rodrigo Duterte sent shockwaves through Tehran.
Noury, one of Raisi’s officials, was arrested in Sweden
Noury, one of Raisi’s officials, was arrested in Sweden for his role in the same massacre as Raisi. The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested for his role in crimes against humanity and murder during his so-called “war on drugs,” in which he killed thousands of people on the streets.
The news that Raisi has decided not to attend the Glasgow conference is a win for people who value liberty, democracy, and human rights. A genocidal murderer like Raisi has no place in any civilized society. Raisi has received a message from the international community, and his victims and their families are calling for justice. He must be held accountable for crimes against humanity.
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