Iranian Law Professors Ask American People to Extradite Culprits behind General Soleimani’s Assassination
TEHRAN (FNA)- Nearly 4,800 law professors of Iranian university and experts in a letter to the American people and the president of the Interpol’s General Assembly called for the extradition of the criminals behind the assassination of Iran’s anti-terror Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
In their letter, the law experts and university professors called for the extradition of former US President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of Defense Marks Esper and Commander of the US Army in the Middle East and North Africa (USCENTCOM) General Kenneth Franklin McKenzie to be punished for ordering and collaboration in the crime.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
The airstrike also martyred deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
The full text of the letter by university professors and experts is as follows:
In the Name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
To: respected Nation, Independent and Liberal Groups of the US
Subject: A Request for extradition of international criminals responsible for the assassination of General martyr Soleimani and his assistants.
As you know, in Jan 3, 2020 on Friday morning, coinciding with Dey 13, 1398 SH, General Haj Ghasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), known as “the hero against terrorism” to Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Lebanese, Afghans, Indian subcontinent and many other liberal nations and states in whole of the world, while was the official guest of Iraq, along with his four assistants, Hussein Jafarinia, Shahrooz Mozaffarinia, Hadi Taremi and Vahid Zamanian, as well as Jamal Ja'far Muhammad Ali, nicknamed by "Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis", the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces (al-Ḥashd ash-Shaʿbī), and his assistants were assassinated and martyred near to Baghdad International Airport by a missile strike of your country's government UAVs.
Following this international terrorist act, Donald John Trump, the then-president of the United States, and Mark Thomas Esper, the Secretary of Defense, obviously confessed about this criminal act taken place by conspiracy of the US Secretary of State, Michael Richard Pompeo, known as Mike Pompeo, through armies under the control of General Kenneth Franklin "Frank" McKenzie Jr."count. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr. the central commander of your government forces in the Middle East and North Africa (USCENTCOM)  and under his direct command.
Since this terrorist crime is contrary to all conventions and documents of international law and in clear contradiction with all common principles and general rules of international legal systems, the above-mentioned individuals are subject to the most severe punishments.
We, as teachers and professors, as well as a group of Iranian experts in law and lawyers, on the basis of the above-mentioned important points and according to the principles governing jurisdiction, especially the principle of personal jurisdiction (i.e. the jurisdiction based on the victim's citizenship) while emphasize on the principles governing the theory of command responsibility (responsibility of officials and subordinates regarding a crime in a country) which has been standardly established in various international documents since World War I and is a guide to form a commanding rule, demand to deliver the commanders of assassination of the national hero of the ancient and civilized nation of Iran, a hero who has been one of the greatest assets and figures in the history campaigning against global terrorism and one of the true servants of peace in Asia and in other continents of the world, and even a cause of peace for American people.
Therefore, based on the incontestable rule of international law as “either try or extradite”, American libertarians are expected to make arrangements in order to honor the model of fighting against international criminals to extradite the perpetrators of the above-mentioned unforgivable crime, whose names were mentioned above, to the Islamic Republic of Iran for trial and punishment.
Obviously, the fulfillment of this call, not only provides a basis for punishment of international peace and safety’s violators, but also is as a positive response to human mission in order to prepare a world full of peace and safety. In any case, we assure the perpetrators of this horrific crime to be definitely faced to a fair and just trial in the court of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Hope for the international community to see a day out of such a crime on the planet by prosecuting, trying and punishing those wanted.
Professors of universities and higher education & research centers and experts in laws in Iran.
Honorable President of the General Assembly of the International Police in order to inform and act.
The liberal nations and governments of the world to inform and mobilize against international criminals