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MP: Motion on Trial of US Officials Still on Majlis Agenda

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TEHRAN, August 7 (ICANA) – A top Iranian legislator says the trial of 26 American officials for crimes against humanity is still on parliament agenda.
Monday, August 08, 2011 12:11:32 AM
MP: Motion on Trial of US Officials Still on Majlis Agenda

Member of presiding board of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis Shabib Jovayjari told ICANA on Sunday that the single-urgent motion will be reviewed at the house of nation after double-urgent motions are discussed.

He said the reason for the delay in discussing the motion was the high number of double urgent bills in the parliament.

Members of the Iranian parliament two weeks ago approved the single urgency for the introduction of the motion.

The motion which includes an introduction and 6 articles and was approved by 196 Iranian lawmakers requires the Islamic Republic government to file lawsuits against these 26 US officials at international bodies.

"Given its unilateral approach, the United States has committed extensive crimes against humanity. Although the United States' criminal policies are generally all condemned, a number of senior US officials have played a direct role in these crimes" who must be dealt with directly, the introduction of the motion says.

The motion refers to the crimes committed by the 26 US officials in Iraq and Afghanistan, including frequent and severe violations of human rights, support for terrorist groups and direct role in drug trafficking activities.

The motion also calls on the foreign ministry to lodge complaints against them with the international bodies.

The Iranian parliament had earlier announced plans to annul the country's agreements with all the state and private firms and companies which are affiliated or somehow related to the 26 US officials sanctioned by Iran.

Some of the atrocities committed by US officials as referenced by the motion include cases of human rights violation, construction and running of dreadful secret prisons, interference in the domestic affairs of regional countries and the killing of civilians.

In May, Amnesty International (AI) slammed the United States for its indefinite detentions in Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, as well as its flawed capital punishment system.

In October 2010, the United Nations Human Rights Council also released a report expressing serious concerns about human rights abuse in the US.

The names of the 26 US officials are listed below:

1- Former FBI Chief Director Thomas J. Pickard, for violations of human rights, including his involvement in the siege of the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas in 1993, and the death of over 80 of the cult's followers. He is also wanted for human rights violations during his tenure as the CIA station chief in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003

2- Former commander of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Geoffrey D. Miller, who commanded the US prison at Guantanamo Bay between 2002 and 2007, and has been charged with torture of inmates

3- Current Guantanamo commander Rear Admiral Jeffery Harbeson for human rights violations at the detention center since 2010

4- USS Vincennes Captain Will Rogers III, for the killing of 290 Iranian civilians onboard Iran Air Flight 655, which was shot down by the USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988

5- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who served in the post from 1975 to 1977 and from 2001 to 2006, for the killing of thousands of civilians in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also charged in connection with human rights violations and torture at two notorious prisons, Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Bagram in Afghanistan

6 & 7- Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq from May 2003 to June 2004, and General Tommy Franks, who led the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, are also on the list of US officials that the Iranian parliament plans to impose sanctions on

8- Commander of US forces in Iraq Raymond Odierno, for his major role in the massive violation of human rights in Iraq

9- Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of the US troops in charge of torturing prisoners in Abu Ghraib for violation of human rights and his role in the US state sponsored terrorism

10- Former US Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz for his role in the crimes committed against the Afghan and Iraqi people

11- Gen. John McKean, former US Deputy Chief of Staff for his role in the massacre of the civilians, torturing of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and violation of human rights in Afghanistan and Iraq.

12- The United States' first administrator in Iraq in 2003, charged with the massacre of the civilians and violation of human rights in Iraq

13- US Defense Department official Richard Pearl, for his role in designing the military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the crimes committed by the US troops in the two war-torn states

14- Richard A. Cody, Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Army in 2003, for complicity in the massacre of the civilians, torture of the prisoners in Abu-Ghraib and Guantanamo, and violation of human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan

15- Gen. James Mathews, commander of the US operations in Iraq, for his role in the massacre of the civilians in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2003 and his involvement in crime against humanity

16- Gen. George Casey, the Chief of Staff of the US Army from 2003 to 2007, for his complicity in the massacre of the civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, the raid and occupation of the Islamic Republic of Iran's consulate in the Northern Iraqi city of Erbil and the illegal arrest, abduction and torturing of five Iranian diplomats for over 2.5 years

17- Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of the US troops in Iraq and commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, for massive violation of human rights, massacre of the civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as complicity in drug-trafficking

18- Gen. Janis Karbinsky, former commander of Abu-Ghraib prison and former officer responsible for US prisons in Iraq, for torturing prisoners and massive violation of human rights in Iraq

19- Gen. Steve Casbon, Abu-Ghraib Prison official, for torturing prisoners and massive violation of human rights in Iraq

20- Gen. Stanley McCrystal, commander of the US troops in Afghanistan, for massacre of the civilians, torturing of prisoners in Bagram, violation of human rights and complicity in drug-trafficking

21- Gen. Jack Bridgez, Commander of the US Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, for his role in the supply of logistical backup and training for the anti-Iran terrorist group, Jundollah, support for terrorism in Afghanistan, massacre of the civilians and massive violation of human rights in Afghanistan

22- Luis Freeh, former CIA Chief, for violation of human rights, complicity in the torturing of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq

23- Robert Muller, former CIA Chief, for violation of human rights, complicity in the torturing of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq

24- Gen. Games Jons, former US president national security advisor, for his support for terrorism, specially his support for the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), and providing aid for terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Iraq

25- Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, former chief of staff of the US Army in 2007, for his role in the massacre of the civilians, torturing of prisoners in Guantanamo and Bagram, and violation of human rights in Afghanistan and Iraq

26- Stuart A. Levey, the incumbent and first Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence within the United States' Department of Treasury, for his role in the violation of human rights through imposing illegal sanctions against the Iranian people.

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