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Iran to Prosecute 26 American Officials

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, July 7 (ICANA) – Iranian MPs will soon be discussing a motion to try in absentia 26 U.S. officials, believed to have violated human rights according to the parliament's foreign policy and national security committee.
Thursday, July 07, 2011 10:11:32 PM
Iran to Prosecute 26 American Officials

This is part of a bill proposed by the committee to take punitive measures against U.S. officials who are believed to have committed crimes against humanity.

Esmail Kowsari, Member of the Foreign Policy Commission: “These American will be tried in absentia and their files will be passed on to international tribunals. Iran will seriously pursue the case on behalf of those who have been oppressed”.

Head of the Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi: “This decision was taken because unfortunately the Americans think that they are allowed to judge and intervene in everything that is happening in the world… they suffer from delusions of grandeur… and therefore have inflicted a lot of pain on their own people and put them in harms way… not to mention the human rights violations in places like Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib… they should know that eventually they will be held accountable for their actions”.

The officials on the list include current Guantanamo commander Rear Admiral Jeffery Harbeson, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, commander of US forces in Iraq Raymond Odierno, former FBI chief Thomas J. Pickard, USS Vincennes Captain Will Rogers III for killing 290 Iranian civilians on board Iran Air Flight 655, which was shot down on July 3, 1988.

Analysts say the parliament's move may not lead to concrete results but will pave the way for US officials to be held accountable.

In 2008, an independent polling agency located in London, the Opinion Research Business, estimates of the total war casualties in Iraq at over 1 million. Although the ORB poll estimate is considereda a high estimate, a recent new study by Brown University put the number of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan at over 132 thousand. Meanwhile, Amnesty International censured the US for its indefinite detentions of suspects in Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. And in October 2010, the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a report in which it expressed serious concern about human rights violations in the United States.

The parliament's national security and foreign policy commission is yet to present the motion in open session next week to receive the approval of the MPs before any practical measures are taken. The members of the commission say they certain that all the MPs present will vote for the motion.

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