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Monday, March 2, 2009

Iran Urges Interpol to Arrest 15 Israeli “War Criminals”

02/03/2009 | Batoul Wehbe | almanarTV

International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO or Interpol) begins studying Iran's request to arrest 15 senior Israeli officials who were involved in the “war crimes” committed during the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, drawing on the organization's charter and Israel's violation of the Geneva Conventions.

In a Monday statement, Iran's judiciary said that it has asked Interpol to issue an international Red Notice security alert for the 15 Israeli officials who were involved in the 22-day Israeli offensive on Gaza. The statement added that the judiciary was also looking into complaints made against 100 other Israelis, with top military and government posts.

"In the current week, we have completed our investigations about 15 individuals who were among those criminals," Tehran's Public Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi said at a news briefing. "Based on our investigation and according to article 2 of the Interpol charter, we asked the international body to arrest these suspects." "Governments of 180 countries have received the information necessary for identifying the suspects," he said.

Furthermore, Iran's Chief Prosecutor Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi called for the arrest of 34 Israeli political leaders and military commanders as well as 115 others involved in the war on Gaza.

Dorri-Najafabadi charged the group with committing war crimes, aggression, occupation, threatening regional and international peace and security, crimes against humanity, genocide and blatant, repeated and organized violation of the human rights as well as open breaching of war laws and the Geneva Conventions.


The Iranian move comes in the framework of international efforts to bring Israelis who committed massacres to justice.

Many international NGOs and human rights organizations, Palestinians wounded in the Gaza onslaught, more than 5,700 Iranian lawyers and attorneys in the Iranian Bar Association along with a large number of medics were also among those who filed complaints against Tel Aviv, Mortazavi said.

The whole campaign is important in that it may form public opinion and support especially among European elites, Ibrahim Hershi, an official at the Iranian embassy in Beirut, told Al-Manar website.

"The law suit will be followed by several actions like holding a conference in Tehran on Wednesday," Hershi said. 'Resistance, Law and Judiciary Committee' is the name of the panel formed by the Iranian government that includes Iranian judges, political figures, party leaders and lawyers headed by Dorri-Najafabadi. The committee's complaints, according to Hershi, are based on documents, observations and tangible evidences of the Israeli crimes in Gaza.
Israeli atrocities, particularly in the past five years, have triggered the anger of the international public opinion both in Muslim and non-Muslim countries with scores of international lawyers calling for The Hague based International Court of Justice to bring to dock Tel Aviv rulers for the ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ they perpetrated in Gaza.

HOKOK, the International Coalition against Impunity, represented by its president May El-Khansa and other Spanish lawyers will submit on March 11 a complaint before the ICC over Israeli crimes against Gaza and Lebanon, supported by names of Israeli officers holding European nationalities.

Israel’s attack against Gaza began December 27, 2008, and left more than 1,300 martyrs more than half of which are children and women. Around 5,000 others were injured and mutilated by internationally banned weapons like phosphorus and DIME. The attacks also left tens of thousands of already besieged Gazans homeless.


1- Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
2- Defense Minister Ehud Barak
3- Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
4- Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
5- Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force Ido Nehoshtan
6- Commander of the Gaza war -- Operation Cast Lead -- Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant
7- Head of Military Intelligence Directorate Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin
8- Commander of Battalion 13 in the Golani Brigade Lt. Col. Oren Cohen
9- Deputy to the Givati Brigade Col. Ron Ashrov
10- Commander of the Israel Paratroopers' Brigade in Gaza Col. Hertzi Halevy
11- Commander of 401st Armored Corps Brigade convoy Col. Yigal Slovik
12- Commander of the 101st Battalion in the Paratrooper Brigade Lt. Col. Avi Blot
13- Lt. Col. Yoav Mordechai, who served as a commander of the Golani infantry brigade's 13th Battalion in Gaza
14- Givati squad commander Col. Tomer Tsiter
15- Brigade commander in Battalion 51 Col. Avi Peled

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