Simultaneous with arrival of the Iranian regime’s Minister of Justice, Alireza Avaei, in Switzerland on February 26, Marc Bonnant, a distinguished Swiss lawyer, submitted a complaint on behalf of the NCRI to the Swiss General Prosecutor, Michael Lauber, calling for prosecution of Avaei for crimes against humanity. Avaei was one of the officials involved in Massacre of political prisoners in 1988.
The complaint file that contains criminal records of Avaei states that welcoming him in Switzerland “profoundly contradicts morale and the rights” and “the Human Rights Council of the United Nations is wrongly welcoming him to speak ironically about the human rights.” The complaint goes on saying that Avaei’s record “has earned him financial sanctions within the European Union” and he is also on the Swiss blacklist for “human rights violations, arbitrary arrests, denial of the rights of prisoners and executions.”
The file also refers to Avaei’s role in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in the western province of Khuzestan, including Dezful, and based on eyewitness accounts adds: “In conclusion of a thorough analysis, the massacres of political opponents perpetrated during the great wave of repression from the end of July 1988 to January 1989, must be legally classified as crimes against humanity within the meaning of art. 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court of 1998, the content of which is reflected in Art. 264a CP.”
In the meantime, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, urging him to cancel Avaei’s intervention at the opening session of the Human Rights Council and said, this would remain “as a dark stain on the Council and would be considered as an affront against people of Iran in general and families of victims in particular.” He added, “It is now time to end offering important international forums on human rights to such criminals and instead take measures to hold them accountable and end their impunity. These forums must turn into bodies to investigate their crimes,” especially due to the fact that Avaei’s crimes has continued to date. As the Minister of Justice, he is directly or indirectly responsible for the arrest of at least 8000 people during the protests started on December 28, 2017, and killing of some 50 protesters in the streets or under torture.