Iran, Iraq stress intl. prosecution of masterminds behind General Soleimani’s assassination
An investigation committee comprised of officials from Iran and Iraq has announced the conclusion of a joint agreement on taking all necessary legal measures to prosecute perpetrators behind the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The Joint Investigation Committee set up by Iran and Iraq said in a statement issued at the end of their two-day meeting in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday that it has started the legal proceedings to pursue and prosecute the parties involved in the January 2020 assassination of the two distinguished commanders.
The investigation committee announced that all possible judicial and legal measures would be taken to bring to justice and punish perpetrators and those involved in the heinous crime.
In a relevant development on Thursday, Kazem Gharibabadi, the secretary general of Iran's Human Rights Office, confirmed in a series of tweets that the investigation committee has concluded its work by issuing a joint statement.
“Both sides recognized that the crime was committed during the official visit of Martyr Soleimani to Iraq; condemned the crime as a serious crime, which violated the national sovereignty of Iraq and rules of international law and human rights; stressed the necessity to combat the impunity of the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” Gharibabadi wrote.
The senior Iranian official also stated that the two sides agreed “to take all possible legal and judicial measures to prosecute and punish all those involved in the crime, particularly US agents and nationals involved.”
The joint statement on Thursday also underlined bolstering cooperation between the two countries and called for employing the entire existing capacities to complete the ongoing investigations and resume meetings as soon as possible.
The next meeting of the joint judicial team will be held next month in the Iranian capital, Tehran.