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2021-November-28  13:29

Official: Assassination of Iranian N. Scientist Fakhrizadeh Violation of Human Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of the Iranian Judiciary and head of the country's Human Rights Headquarters Kazzem Qaribabadi said that assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is a blatant violation of human rights which should be pursued at the international bodies.

“The assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh, like the assassination of other dear nuclear scientists who were martyred, is a crime against humanity and a violation of international laws and human rights,” Qaribabadi said on the occasion of the first anniversary of assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh.

He criticized the inaction and silence of international organizations and countries claiming to fight terrorism towards this crime, saying that the Tehran judiciary has completed the legal investigation into four cases of assassination of nuclear scientists and the relevant verdict will be announced soon.

On the other hand, criminal investigation into these assassinations is also on the agenda of the Tehran Prosecutor's Office, and a case has been filed in this regard, and other cases will be filed soon, Qaribabadi added.

“We expect that with the coordination and cooperation of other relevant bodies, we will pursue and investigate these crimes in the international arena too,” he said.

Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's car was targeted by an explosion and machinegun fire in Damavand's Absard 40 kilometers to the East of Tehran on November 27, 2020.

The nuclear scientist and one of his companions were immediately taken to a nearby hospital but he could not be saved.

After the terrorist attack, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami underlined that assassination of Fakhrizadeh may not undermine Iranians' resolve, and said revenge for the terror attack is already on the country's agenda.

General Salami extended condolences to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, martyr Fakhrizadeh's family, and the Iranian nation over the martyrdom of Head of the Research and Innovation Organization of Iran's Defense Ministry, Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated in an organized and pre-planned terrorist attack by the child-killing Israeli regime.

"The enemies of the Iranian nation, specially the masterminds, perpetrators and supporters of this crime, should also know that such crimes will not undermine the resolve of the Iranians to continue this glorious and power-generating path, and harsh revenge and punishment is on agenda for them," the IRGC chief commander stressed.

Iranian nuclear scientists have been the target of the western and Israeli spy agencies' assassination attempts in recent years.

In June 2012, Iran announced that its intelligence forces had identified and arrested all terrorist elements behind the assassination of the country's nuclear scientists.

"All the elements involved in the assassinations of the country's nuclear scientists have been identified and arrested," Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced in a statement.

"A number of countries, whose territories and facilities had been misused by the Mossad-backed terrorist teams, have provided the Iranian officials with relevant information," the statement added.

"Over the course of the investigations, all other elements behind the assassinations of the Iranian scientists Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, Majid Shahriari and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan as well as Reza Qashqaei (Roshan's driver) have been apprehended," the statement read.

"Some of the perpetrators of the assassination of Dr. Fereidoun Abbasi, the current head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, are among those arrested," the ministry added.

According to the statement, Iran's Intelligence Ministry had detected some of Mossad's bases within the territories of one of Iran's Western neighbors, which provided training and logistical support to the terrorist networks.

In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, terrorists killed a 32-year-old Iranian scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, and his driver on January 11, 2012.

The blast took place on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.

The assassination method used in the bombing was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the then university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani – who became the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization - and his colleague Majid Shahriari. While Abbasi Davani survived the attack, Shahriari was martyred.

Another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was also assassinated through the same method on 23 July 2011.