An Iranian Judiciary official made clear the country’s seriousness about putting terrorist groups on trial.
In a meeting with the families of a number of Iranian victims of assassination attacks, Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s deputy Judiciary chief for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights, emphasized that the Judiciary is very serious about taking action against terrorist groups and their activities.
He said the High Council for Human Rights’ top priorities in the international arena are to counter the sanctions, safeguard the rights of victims of sanctions, and bring terrorist groups to justice.
More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO or MEK) in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.
The MKO – listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community – fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq and was given a camp by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were also involved in the bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.