MEK Iran: West must end Impunity
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). published a statement on Wednesday in reaction to an appeal filed in a Belgian court by three people convicted in February of plotting a terrorist attack at an Iranian expatriate gathering in Paris in 2018. The convicts are seeking a reversal of their sentences of 15, 17, and 18 years, respectively, while their handler, an Iranian ambassador named, has previously declined to appeal his sentence of 20 years.
Terrorist activities, against Iranian citizens
The NCRI statement urged against attempting to mitigate any of these legal implications but also stressed that maintaining the law is not adequate in and of itself.
“To dismantle the regime’s terrorism, the [Ministry of Intelligence and Security] and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] must be designated as terrorists in their entirety, their agents and operatives must be prosecuted and punished, their asylum and citizenship revoked, and they must be deported,” according to the statement.
It also suggested that a dossier be sent to the UN Security Council detailing Iran’s whole range of terrorist activities, as well as crimes against humanity perpetrated against Iranian citizens.
Noury escorted prisoners to a “death commission”
Hearings in Albania in the case of Hamid Noury, a former Iranian prison official who has been involved in the regime’s single greatest internal crackdown, are taking place at the same time as the appeal by Assadi’s co-conspirators. When political prisoners failed to demonstrate devotion to the theocratic system, Noury allegedly escorted them to a “death commission” at Gohardasht Prison and ultimately to the gallows.
The latest hearings in Albania demonstrate the fact that the massacre primarily targeted members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), despite the fact that charges were filed against him by Swedish authorities based on the principle of universal jurisdiction.
Raisi is one of the members of the “death commission”
Amnesty International was quick to point out that impunity in the aftermath of Iran’s presidential election in June, which saw Ebrahim Raisi elected to the country’s second-highest office after other potential contenders were prevented from standing.
“The fact that Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for crimes against humanity such as murder, enforced disappearance, and torture is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran,” said Agnès Callamard, the organization’s Secretary-General, in a statement issued shortly after the election.
Raisi’s participation as the head of the judiciary during fatal crackdowns on a popular movement in 2019 and his role as one of four members of the Tehran death commission that handled much of the 1988 massacre prompted the implied demand for an investigation. The NCRI has consistently stated in its coverage of Nouri’s trial that the premise used to support his conviction could also be used to try Iran’s current president.
However, in the aftermath of such public pronouncements, Western leaders kept mainly mute on the killing, inviting fresh criticism of weak Iran policies and a proclivity for “appeasement.” Seven UN human rights experts addressed an open letter to Iranian authorities in September 2020 in response to the 1988 massacre, highlighting the international community’s inability to follow up on early reports of a spike in killings.
Mullahs plotted terrorism act in Paris 2018
Iran had been encouraged in a “strategy of deflection and denial,” as per the statement, which arguably refers to the regime’s terrorist activities as well as its domestic human rights crimes. The Iranian regime ostensibly avoided any extra international scrutiny by declining to pursue an appeal for the architect of the conspiracy to bomb the 2018 Paris demonstration. The regime has reason to be concerned, according to the NCRI, because the scheme was reportedly confirmed at the highest levels.
In fact, when prosecuting Assadi and his associates in Belgium, authorities admitted this truth. The NCRI went into greater detail on this subject, saying that Iran’s Supreme National Security Council is involved in all aspects of foreign policy and is made up of a number of high-ranking officials, including the president and foreign minister.
Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi was given 20 years of imprisonment by the court.
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