|Iran ready to help Lebanon investigate Majid’s death||
Iran says it is ready to assist Lebanon in the investigation of the death of Majid al-Majid, the leader of an Al-Qaeda-linked group that claimed responsibility for last year’s deadly attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut.
“Iran is ready to cooperate with Lebanon to perform an autopsy to find out the exact reason behind the death of the terrorist Majid al-Majid,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said at a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported.
She said Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, in a letter to Lebanese caretaker Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi, expressed Tehran’s readiness to send a judicial team to help with the investigation into Majid’s death.
Afkham said that following the bombing outside the Iranian Embassy, Tehran followed up on the case and held talks with Lebanese officials.
“Then Majid, the main culprit of the terrorist attack, was apprehended,” Afkham added. “But he died days after his arrest.”
Afkham said Tehran has also announced its willingness to help arrest all those involved in the embassy bombing that killed 30 people, including an Iranian diplomat.
“Iran maintains its right to follow up on the case,” Afkham stressed.
Saudis ask that Majid’s body be repatriated
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is seeking the repatriation of the body of Majid, Qortbawi told The Daily Star Tuesday.
“A request from the [Saudi] Embassy has been filed to the Foreign Ministry and referred to the Justice Ministry asking that Majid al-Majid’s body be repatriated,” Qortbawi said.
The minister said the request was sent after Majid’s brother informed Saudi authorities he wanted the body returned to Saudi Arabia.
Qortbawi added that the request was referred to acting State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud for consideration.
Judicial sources told The Daily Star that the request to repatriate Majid's body would likely be approved.
Majid, who was wanted by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, died at a military hospital in Beirut over the weekend.
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