Riyadh responsible under Genocide Convention, expert claims
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 5
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
An Iranian expert claims that Saudi Arabia is responsible under the UN's Genocide Convention for executing 47 people, among them being a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr Al-Nimr.
"The Saudi government is liable under the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) for executing 47 people who had no international crime records," Ali Khorram, Iranian political commentator, told Trend Jan. 5.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran soured after Nimr al-Nimr's execution by the Kingdom along with other 46 people, which was followed by a strong protest from Iran.
"The way the "Islamic State" [IS, aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh] has been executing people strikes as very similar to the way Saudi Arabia has decapitated the claimed convicts," Khorram further said.
Mass protests took place in Iran following the said execution. In particular, the Saudi embassy in the capital Tehran and the consulate in the city of Mashhad were attacked, after which Riyadh broke off diplomatic ties with Tehran on Jan. 3.
Khorram, further commenting on Saudi Arabia's announcement to severe ties with Iran, said the world realizes that Riyadh acted hastily.
He also pointed out that none of Iranian leaders approves of the protestors' attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, but rather admit responsibility for securing diplomatic missions.
Earlier, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, expressing deep sorrow over al-Nimr's death, criticized the protestors who stormed the Saudi embassy and consulate.
Chairman of the Expediency Council, an advisory body for Iran's supreme leader, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani too condemned those who stormed the Saudi embassy and consulate.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said at a press conference on Monday that Iran's security forces took control of the Saudi embassy and were acting to their duty to ensure the safety of foreign diplomats on Iran's soil.