TEHRAN – Iranian human rights chief Kazem Gharibabadi announced Wednesday that Iranian justice has submitted to the Iraqi side a 300-page document on the assassination of Lieutenant Qassem Soleimani by the United States.
General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on January 2, 2020 by direct order of then-US President Donald Trump. During the terrorist attack, deputy commander of the Iraqi PMU Abu Mahadi al-Mandis and a number of bodyguards were also martyred.
Iran is preparing to commemorate the second anniversary of the martyrdom of General Soleimani.
Gharibabadi said the document was prepared after talks between the first meeting of the Iran-Iraq joint search committee in Baghdad on November 24 and 25 and December 21 and 22 in Tehran.
The human rights chief said Iran and Iraq issued a joint statement on December 25 that Iran and Iraq insisted on their view that the terrorist attack against General Soleimani was a violation of international law, including conventions on the fight against terrorism and that this decision engages international responsibility. .
“In addition, the two countries have renewed their commitment to identify, hunt down, try and punish all those involved in the decision, planning and implementation of this criminal act,” said Gharibabadi, former ambassador. Iran to international organizations, including the Hague-based OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.
Gharibabadi, also deputy head of the judiciary for international affairs, also said that the Iranian and Iraqi sides exchanged a series of documents and reports related to the act of assassination.
It was also agreed that the judicial bodies of the two countries complete their research on the assassination and exchange it with each other, he noted.
Iran and Iraq also agreed to use all national and international capacities in legal and judicial terms to advance justice and prevent such criminal acts.
“Bilateral cooperation has been established to complete the information concerning all the accused and make them responsible for this crime before the courts,” he added.
The third joint assassination research committee will be held in Baghdad for up to 45 days.
In an interview with Malam magazine, published by the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Memorial Center, former Israeli military intelligence chief Major General Tamir Hayman said the Tel Aviv regime was involved in the assassination of General Soleimani.