Dr. Kazem Rajavi was assassinated by 13 Iranian commandos in 1990 in Switzerland. He was a high-profile member of the Iranian resistance, or the People’s Mujahadeen of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Today the Swiss judicial system set aside a ruling that would have closed the case and directed it be investigated for genocide and crimes against humanity.
In his letter to the Deputy Attorney General of the Swiss Confederation, Vaud Prosecutor stated: “It seems that the case of the assassination of Dr. Kazem Rajavi should be considered primarily as exposure and condemnation of genocide and a crime against humanity, and be only considered secondarily as a typical case of murder for a judicial proceeding, read a statement from the National Council of Resistance in Iran.
“The genocide and crimes against humanity fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Swiss Confederation, and their investigation or trial in other jurisdictions is completely prohibited. In such circumstances, the Vaud Provincial Prosecutor’s Office cannot investigate the related events from the aforesaid perspectives, as that would fall within the jurisdiction of the Confederate Attorney General. Therefore, the Vaud Provincial Prosecutor’s Office will suspend any action about this case until the Confederate Prosecutor’s Office makes a formal decision.”
The letter adds: “In such circumstances, the Vaud Provincial Prosecutor’s Office cannot investigate the events from the aforementioned perspectives, because in that case, it would infringe upon your jurisdiction. Based on the agreement with the Attorney General, I will forward this complaint to you as a case that lies within your jurisdiction.”
On March 20, 2006, a Swiss investigating magistrate issued an international arrest warrant for the then Iranian regime’s Minister of Intelligence and Security, Ali Fallahian, for his involvement in the assassination. The Fallahian’s arrest warrant stated, “Kazem Rajavi’s assassination had been meticulously planned. The commandos first traveled to Switzerland in October 1989, then in late January and early February 1990, and finally from 10 to April 24 in the same year. The investigations revealed that 13 men were involved in preparing and perpetrating the murder. They were carrying service passports stamped “on mission.” All Iranian service passports were issued by the ministry under the leadership of Ali Fallahian and were taken away from the perpetrators at the same airport when they returned to Iran. All the service passports of the 13 individuals named above were issued in Karim Khan street in Tehran. The two buildings on this street are the headquarters of part of the Iranian regime’s intelligence service, VAVAK.”
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