A former MEP has called for the Iranian president to be banned from attending the Cop26 climate change summit in Glasgow and to open a criminal investigation into allegations that he was responsible for “mass murder”.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is believed to be considering attending the UN climate change conference, which begins later this month, as his first overseas visit.
Struan Stevenson, a former Conservative MEP, urged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Home Secretary Priti Patel to forbid him from attending.
Speaking at a news conference in Glasgow today, Stevenson said he had made a formal request to the Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, Chief Constable of Scotland, asking the police to open a criminal investigation into Mr Raisi under universal jurisdiction on allegations of alleged genocide initiate and crimes against humanity.
A parallel action was taken with the Metropolitan Police.
Mr Stevenson said: “This man must not set foot in Scotland.
“Scotland is not good at taking mass murderers who come here.
“If this man dares to come to Cop26, he should be arrested by the police immediately.
“I would like to urge Prime Minister and Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary Priti Patel to get their heads together and discuss this matter and ensure that political initiative is taken to prevent this man from being admitted under any circumstances.” To Britain to come or actually set foot in another civilized nation. “
The letter to Mr Livingstone came with a letter from five people who are former political prisoners in Iran and their relatives and a dossier containing more than 100 pages of evidence – Mr Stevenson added.
Speakers at the press conference organized by the UK Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) included signatories of the letter who reported a massacre of political prisoners more than 30 years ago.
The NCRI said the Iranian president was a member of the Tehran “Death Commission”, a group formed in 1988 based on a fatwa by the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of the Iranian regime.
The fatwa – a formal judgment or interpretation of Islamic law – had called for the extermination of some 30,000 political prisoners belonging to or supporting the left revolutionary group of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI).
The PMOI was declared a banned terrorist group by the European Union, Canada, the United States and Japan – but the designation was lifted by all countries between 2009 and 2013. It is still declared a terrorist group in Iran and Iraq.
The Scottish Police have put Deputy Police Chief Malcolm Graham on the case, Stevenson said.
Mr Stevenson added, “We trust that the police are now accelerating their activities and ensuring that a full investigation is carried out.”
A police spokesman for Scotland said: “We have received information that is being evaluated.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “As the organizers of Cop26, the UK government and the UNFCCC are responsible for inviting government delegations. The Scottish government has no plans to meet with representatives from Iran during Cop26.
“We wholeheartedly condemn human rights violations and call on all states to comply with basic international standards – including the obligation to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.”