News ID: 318313
Published: 0330 GMT November 28, 2021
Martyr Fakhrizadeh’s memorial unveiled

Iran to announce verdict on nuclear scientists’ assassinations soon

Iran to announce verdict on nuclear scientists’ assassinations soon
REUTERS
This picture shows the scene of a terrorist attack that killed prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh outside Tehran on November 27, 2020.

A senior Iranian human rights official said the Islamic Republic will soon announce the final verdict on the case of the assassinations of several senior nuclear scientists, which are believed to be tied to the Israeli regime.

“Criminal investigations into the killings of nuclear scientists are high on the agenda of the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office. A case has already been filed and others are on the way,” Kazem Gharibabadi, the secretary-general of Iran’s Human Rights Office, said on Sunday, as the country marked the first anniversary of Israel’s assassination of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Press TV reported.

Gharibabadi denounced Fakhrizadeh’s killing as a crime against humanity and a violation of international regulations and human rights.

He also censured the silence and inaction of international bodies as well as countries purportedly fighting terrorism vis-à-vis the assassination.

“We expect coordination and cooperation on the part of relevant agencies in order to pursue and investigate these crimes in international courts of law,” Gharibabadi pointed out.

Fakhrizadeh, who headed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, was assassinated on November 27, 2020.

Following the assassination, Iranian officials said that Israel had acted with U.S. intelligence and carried out the targeted killing of the prominent nuclear scientist.

The New York Times reported on September 18 that Israel’s spying agency, Mossad, had used a remote-controlled “killer robot” to kill Fakhrizadeh near his countryside residence in Absard, east of Tehran, last year.

The paper said Israel had kept Fakhrizadeh under surveillance “for at least 14 years”, and to carry out the assassination, the regime used a special model of the Belgian-made FN machinegun that was attached to a robotic instrument and required no on-site operatives.

The report stressed that Israel had been closely following Fakhrizadeh’s career and movements since 2007 and began making preparations for an assassination operation in late 2019 and early 2020, following a series of meetings between Israeli officials led by the then-Mossad director Yossi Cohen and high-ranking U.S. officials, including former president Donald Trump, ex-secretary of state Mike Pompeo and the former CIA director Gina Haspel.

Over the past years, Iranian nuclear scientists have been the target of the Western and Israeli spy agencies’ assassination attempts.

Between 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists – namely, Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shahriari, Darioush Rezaeinejad and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan – were assassinated, while another, Fereydoon Abbasi, was wounded in an attempted assassination.

In June 2012, Iran announced that its intelligence forces had identified and arrested all terrorist elements behind the assassinations of the country's nuclear scientists.

“All the elements involved in the assassinations of the country’s nuclear scientists have been identified and arrested,” Iran’s Intelligence Ministry announced in a statement.

“A number of countries, whose territories and facilities had been misused by the Mossad-backed terrorist teams, have provided the Iranian officials with relevant information,” the statement added.

 

Martyrdom memorial

IRNA

A memorial of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is unveiled in Absard, Tehran Province, on November 28, 2021.

 

On Sunday, a memorial of Martyr Fakhrizadeh was unveiled in a ceremony in Absard, where he was assassinated.

The ceremony was attended by CEO of Tehran’s Sacred Defense Garden Museum Mohammad Ali Jafari and Martyr Fakhrizadeh’s family.

In addition, on Friday, Iranians marked Fakhrizadeh’s martyrdom anniversary in a ceremony in Tehran, attended by First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami, and the Iranian president’s chief of staff, Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili, iribnews.ir reported.

In an address to the ceremony, Eslami said hope and self-confidence were among Martyr Fakhrizadeh’s most prominent characteristics, noting the great scientist never gave up on his goals and aspirations even under the toughest circumstances.

The AEOI head added the truth is that the global arrogance is constantly expressing concern over Iranians’ scientific and technological advances and, thus, resorts to hostile measures, such as imposition of sanctions, against the country.

He said, however, that by relying on God Almighty and the talents and efforts of Iranian scientists and elites, the country will ultimately emerge victorious and resolve the problems caused by U.S. unilateral sanctions.

Eslami added that, at present, the nuclear industry is among the most advanced scientific fields, giving the assurance that Iran will seriously continue its progress and measures in the sector as it is an important requirement of the country.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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Resource: Press TV
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