Iranian exiles file rights abuse claim in UK against Raisi

An Iranian opposition group has filed a complaint with Scottish police for human rights abuses and genocide allegedly committed by Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, its members says in Glasgow.

Hossein Abedini, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) coalition of opposition parties, says at a press conference that Raisi has to be held accountable for taking part in the massacre of around 30,000 political prisoners in 1988.

“Raisi should be held accountable for genocide and the many crimes against humanity that he committed as a senior official of the Iranian regime,” Abedini tells reporters.

Hossein Abedini, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) foreign affairs committee member, speaks during a press conference organised by The UK Representative Office of the NCRI in Glasgow, on October 13, 2021, after they filed legal complaints against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. (Andy Buchanan/AFP)

“The international community must act to investigate the 1988 massacre and Raisi’s role in it.”

The NCRI calls for Raisi, a hardline cleric elected to office in August, to be arrested if he travels to Glasgow to attend the UN climate change summit from October 31.

“He shouldn’t be allowed to set foot in countries outside Iran and this is why a formal request has been made with Police Scotland to arrest Raisi for crimes against humanity if he decides to attend COP 26 in Glasgow,” Abedini says.

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