Iran to Try Bush Officials for Human Rights Abuses

Trial designed to counter accusations of Tehran's own abuses
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2011 12:50 PM CDT
Iran to Try Bush Officials for Human Rights Abuses
Donald Rumsfeld speaks with Paul Wolfowitz as they arrive for 'A Nation Honors Nancy Reagan,' dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in this May 11, 2005 file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Iran intends to try 26 current or former US officials in absentia for human rights violations and forward its findings to international tribunals, one lawmaker said today. He didn’t specify which officials, but Reuters believes it’s likely to be the same people listed on a bill currently in Iran’s parliament, which would sanction the likes of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and the military commanders in charge of the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons.

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"The Islamic Republic will diligently pursue the trials of these people and will support the legitimate rights of the oppressed people of the world," the lawmaker said. The move is designed as a kind of rebuttal against Western accusations of Iranian human rights abuses. The UN recently appointed a special investigator to look into Tehran’s alleged misdeeds, particularly during the post-election protests of 2009. (Read more Iran stories.)

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