Iran court to begin trials over Saudi embassy raids

July 18, 2016 11:00 am

The Saudi embassy building in the
Iranian capital, Tehran, is seen during a raid by certain individuals
on January 2, 2016. The building was vacant at the time. (File photo)

A court in will on
Monday begin the trial of the individuals involved in raids earlier this
year against vacant Saudi diplomatic perimeters in the country.

Gholam-Hossein
Mohseni-Ejei, the spokesperson for the Iranian Judiciary, had said back
in June that 48 individuals had been indicted in the case and that the
trial of most of them would be launched on Monday, July 18.
He said back then that judicial proceedings were underway for several of the 48 individuals in a separate court for clerics.
The
raids occurred on January 2, when demonstrations were held in front of
the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad — both of which
were vacant at the time — over Saudi Arabia’s move earlier to execute a
prominent Saudi cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Some angry
protesters mounted the walls of the consulate in Mashhad and incendiary
devices were hurled at the embassy in Tehran during the otherwise
peaceful protests.
A day later, Saudi Arabia cut its diplomatic ties with Iran.
Iranian
officials had promptly condemned the attacks, and some 100 people were
initially arrested over the acts of transgression.
In late June,
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for firm judicial action against
the individuals involved in the raids on the Saudi diplomatic
perimeters.
“The public wants to know how the Judiciary deals with
the perpetrators of and those behind the move — who are well-known —
and how the public is notified of verdicts [against them],” President
Rouhani said at a ceremony that marked the beginning of the Judiciary
Week in Iran and that was attended by Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq
Amoli-Larijani.
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