Thursday, 9 December 2010
Iran to legally pursue bombings of nuclear scientists
A senior Iranian official has said that the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) is going to take-up the case of the recent car bombings against two Iranian nuclear scientists with the UN.
“The Human Rights Committee of Majlis will follow up the issue through the UN and the Human Rights Council,” said Chairwoman of Human Rights Subcommittee of Majlis, Zohreh Elahian.
Elahian insisted that Majlis will take the matter up with the relevant authorities and pursue it legally until it is resolved, in line with the country's efforts to defend its nuclear rights.
Suspected terrorists planted explosives in both Dr Majid Shahriari's and Prof Fereydoun Abbasi's cars on 29th November. Shahriari was killed instantly, while Abbasi and his wife escaped the bombing with minor injuries.
Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, said earlier that Tehran was going to send a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to lament the attacks and call on Ki-moon to put the matter on his agenda.
Earlier in the year, another Iranian scientist, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, was killed in a similar attack. Iran has accused the West and Israel of carrying out these assassinations, and criticised both for failing to condemn the attacks.
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