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Iran asks Interpol to arrest Israeli war criminals



The International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) has issued a circular calling for the arrest of 15 top Israeli officials over war crimes.

At a news briefing on Sunday, Tehran’s Public Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, said that Iran had referred the case to the organization, known as Interpol, drawing on the Interpol charter and Israel’s violation of the Geneva Conventions.

"ICPO has notified governments of 180 countries to arrest the suspects," who were involved in the 23-day Israeli offensive on Gaza in December and January he said.

In December, Iran’s judiciary announced its decision to set up a court to look into complaints made by the Palestinian envoy in Iran and wounded Palestinians delivered to Iran, against Israeli atrocities in Gaza, saying it was ready to try the Israelis in absentia.

"In the current week, we have completed our investigation of about 15 individuals who were among those criminals," IRIB, Iran’s State Television, quoted Mortazavi as saying.

"Based on our investigation and according to article 2 of the Interpol charter, we asked Interpol to arrest these suspects."

Mortazavi said the charges included war crimes, invasion, occupation, genocide and crimes against humanity.


The Iranian prosecutor was referring to Israeli strikes that started on December 27 on the densely populated Palestinian coastal territory and did not end until it had claimed the lives of more than 1,330 Gazans, mostly civilians.

Many international NGOs and human rights organizations, Palestinians wounded in the Gaza onslaught, more than 5,700 Iranian lawyers and attorneys in the Iranian Bar Association along with a large number of medics were also among those who filed complaints against Tel Aviv, Mortazavi added.

The list of Israeli war criminals includes:

1 Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

2 Defense Minister Ehud Barak

3 Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni

4 Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi

5 Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force Ido Nehoshtan

6 Commander of the Gaza war -- Operation Cast Lead -- Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant

7 Head of Military Intelligence Directorate Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin

8 Commander of Battalion 13 in the Golani Brigade Lt. Col. Oren Cohen

9 Deputy to the Givati Brigade Col. Ron Ashrov

10 Commander of the Israel Paratroopers’ Brigade in Gaza Col. Hertzi Halevy

11 Commander of 401st Armored Corps Brigade convoy Col. Yigal Slovik

12 Commander of the 101st Battalion in the Paratrooper Brigade Lt. Col. Avi Blot

13 Lt. Col. Yoav Mordechai, who served as a commander of the Golani infantry brigade’s 13th Battalion in Gaza

14 Givati squad commander Col. Tomer Tsiter

15 Brigade commander in Battalion 51 Col. Avi Peled

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