14 Jul 2024
Tuesday 9 July 2024 - 18:39
Story Code : 424618
Source : Press TV

Iranian court holds 15th trial session in MKO terrorism case

The Iran Project : The 15th trial session of the hearing on crimes of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group has been held in Tehran.
The 15th trial session of the hearing on crimes of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group is held in Tehran.
The 15th trial session of the hearing on crimes of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group is held in Tehran.
According to The Iran Project, the new round was held at the 11th branch of the criminal court of Tehran province on Tuesday in a case that tries 104 natural persons as well as one legal entity in absentia.

Judge Dehqani, who presided over the session, said judicial notices have already been sent out to all defendants of the case under the Islamic penal code of Iran, stressing that the defendants have neither hired a lawyer nor filed a defense with the court.

He added that anti-terrorism conventions stipulate that prosecution and punishment of those accused of acts of terror fall within the jurisdiction of criminal courts, noting that the conventions are based on the principle of extradition and punishment of the accused.

The states are, therefore, obligated to try those accused of terrorist activities or hand them over to the country which has placed an extradition order, Judge Dehghani pointed out.

He went on to describe the Iranian nation as the biggest victim of terrorism, noting that governments should commit themselves to dealing with terrorism cases as there is no permanent international criminal court with jurisdiction over such cases.

Dealing with acts of terror incorporates principles that do not allow parties to anti-terrorism conventions to host terrorists or issue visas for them.

Judge Dehqani also advised the defendants to return to the country, defend themselves against criminal charges and possibly absolve themselves of liability before it's too late.
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