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Iran issues indictments for 18 U.S. officials
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_2011_5_21_7_58_24.jpgTEHRAN – Iran has issued indictments for 18 U.S. officials who have committed crimes against humanity, First Deputy Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeesi announced on Wednesday. 
 
“It is the first step that has been taken, and, God willing, the people will be informed about the next steps,” Raeesi told reporters. 
 
He also said, “We should also file a legal complaint about the Americans’ crimes and the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation based on the documents that are in our possession in order to enlighten world public opinion.” 
 
“Fair-minded and justice-seeking people in the world should be aware that if the Iranian nation says something against the United States, it is not a political stance, but it is a stance which is based on authentic documents,” he added.    
 
In May 2011, the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament approved a bill which called for the imposition of sanctions on 26 U.S. officials who had been involved in human rights violations. 
 
The bill stipulated that the Iranian Judiciary must try these officials in the courts of the country on charges of crimes against humanity, human rights abuses, and drug smuggling. 
 
It tasked the national prosecutor general with submitting the list of those officials and the relevant documentation to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. 
 
According to the bill, the Iranian Foreign Ministry was also obliged to oversee the implementation of the process at international organizations. 
 
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