MEK Iran: Former Syrian Colonel Sentenced to life imprisonment in German court
A German court sentenced a former Syrian regime colonel to life in prison on January 13 for his role in the assassination and torture of hundreds of Syrian political opponents. As long as their governments were in power, totalitarian regime offenders were shielded by an unwritten but effective law. However, a major German court decision has shattered the trend, exposing that “sovereignty” has its limits and that the law can prosecute and bring people to justice outside of their own country.
Mullahs wanted to criminalize all forms of protest
In order to blacklist the Iranian Resistance as a “terrorist” group, the tyrannical regime in Tehran bought its Western interlocutors with billions of dollars from the Iranian people’s wealth. They wanted to bind the opposition and criminalize all forms of protest. The administration’s goal was to envelop the world in despotism while suppressing any and all forms of political activity at home. However, ultimately, judicial independence and the pursuit of justice in the free world were both too powerful to suppress Iran’s freedom effort.
The Iranian Resistance launched a long legal fight, winning dozens of court cases and compelling the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) to be removed from the UK, European Union, and subsequently US blacklists. Indeed, some of these governments, who maintained a “constructive conversation” with Tehran, were embarrassed and collaborated with the regime to undermine the successful legal campaigns in order to hide their failed policies. They attempted to rewrite history by claiming that the delisting was the result of the MEK and its supporters’ intensive lobbying and public relations campaign, rather than a legal victory.
“A historic step forward in justice,” stated UN High Commissioner
Former rulers and executioners from all over the world have been arrested, tried, and convicted, including the former Yugoslav president, a former Bosnian Serb commander, the former Rwandan president, and the former Sudanese president, who were all sentenced to life in prison for repressing and killing people. However, one feature of the recent German court ruling is that it was handed down against an individual whose linked government is still in power, rather than criminals from a deposed state.
This shows that abuses of the concept of “sovereignty” and immunity of sitting government officials have gone unnoticed, and criminals no longer have a safe haven. This is an occasion for the entire world to rejoice. “A historic step forward in justice,” stated Michel Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Similar sentiments have been expressed by other foreign leaders. Simultaneously, one of the perpetrators of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988 is being prosecuted by a Swedish court in Stockholm.
The ruling has warned the criminal agents of mullahs in Tehran
The German court’s historic decision is based on the Syrian people’s magnificent resistance, which has resulted in over 500,000 victims, as well as the valiant sacrifices of those who collected, validated, and released hundreds of thousands of documents related to the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad.
The ruling also sends a warning to the agents and mercenaries of the criminal tyranny in Tehran: Beware, there is no safe haven for you anywhere in the world. “They must be brought to justice in the context of crimes against humanity,” said Massoud Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance’s leader. The investigation into genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the 1988 death of political prisoners should be broadened to encompass the November 2019 uprising atrocity, as well as the fate of all inmates killed throughout Iran throughout Khomeini and Khamenei’s reign.”