A former MEP has called for Iran’s president to be banned from attending the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow and a criminal investigation into claims he was responsible for “mass murder”.
Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi is believed to be considering attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which begins later this month as his first foreign trip.
Strawn Stevenson, a former Conservative MEP, is calling on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Home Secretary Priti Patel to ban them from attending.
Speaking at a news conference in Glasgow today, Mr Stevenson said he has sent a formal request to the Chief of Police of Scotland, Chief Constable Ian Livingstone, to place the force under universal jurisdiction over allegations of alleged genocide for a criminal investigation into Mr Raisey. Called to start. and crimes against humanity.
Parallel action has been taken with the Metropolitan Police.
Mr Stevenson said: “This man should not be allowed to set foot in Scotland.
“Scotland doesn’t like the mass murderers coming here.
“If this man dares to join Cop26 he should be immediately arrested by the police.
“I would urge First Minister and Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, Priti Patel to get together and discuss this matter and make sure a political initiative is taken that this man is not allowed in any way To come to the United Kingdom, or indeed to set foot in any other civilized nation.”
The letter to Mr Livingstone was presented with a letter from five people who are former political prisoners in Iran and their relatives, as well as a dossier of more than 100 pages of evidence – Mr Stevenson said.
Among those who spoke at the press conference organized by the UK office of Iran’s National Resistance Council (NCRI) were signatories of the letter, which spoke of witnessing the massacre of political prisoners more than 30 years ago.
The NCRI said the Iranian president was a member of Tehran’s “death commission”, a group established in 1988 as a result of a fatwa by the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of the Iranian regime.
The fatwa – a formal ruling or interpretation of Islamic law – called for the destruction of about 30,000 political prisoners belonging to or supporting the leftist revolutionary group People’s Mojahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI).
The PMOI was declared a banned terrorist group by the European Union, Canada, the United States and Japan – but the designation was removed by all countries between 2009 and 2013. It is still declared a terrorist group in Iran and Iraq.
Police Scotland has assigned the case to Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Mr Stevenson said, but when he contacted the force last week about when witnesses would be interviewed, he was told the matter was being “reviewed”.
Mr Stevenson said: “We are confident the police will now ramp up their activities and ensure a full investigation.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We have received information which is being assessed.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “As the organizers of Cop26, the UK Government and the UNFCCC are responsible for inviting state delegations. The Scottish Government has no plans to meet with representatives of Iran during Cop26.
“We wholeheartedly condemn human rights abuses and call on all states to uphold fundamental international standards – including the obligation to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.”
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