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Saudi Arabia negligent to rights of Mina martyrs: Iran

16 September 2016 22:30

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Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Saeed Ohadi said Saudis have not taken any steps to preserve rights of casualties and martyrs of Mina tragedy.

Ohadi pointed to the stampede in previous year’s Hajj rituals voicing Iran’s readiness to exploit all resources and capacities to meet all demands of families of martyrs as well as to preserve rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“In collaboration with Foundation of the Martyrs and Affairs of Self-Sacrificers and seven committees, including a legal one, claimed will be made and all requests will be followed up,” he continued.

The official emphasized that Iran has not accepted intervention of any country over the issue; “attorneys of Islamic countries hold different views and all investigations need to be carried out before the best strategy is adopted.”

Several lawyers from non-Muslim countries have also voices readiness and willingness to represent the case, he added.

Ohadi underlined that Saudi Arabia lack serious determination to address the issue otherwise Saudis would announce the verdict of two offender police officers whose guild had been certified with enough evidence; “Iran, however, would follow up the matter until a final verdict is made public.”

Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization noted that this year’s anniversary of Mina disaster will be held in Iran and 14 other countries; “in addition to raising issues related to Mina tragedy, an interaction will be formed among families of martyrs in different countries.”

“Some Iranian officials have traveled to a number of countries to pursue the issue and the process will continue,” emphasized the official concluding “so far, Saudi Arabia has refused to take steps forward for the rights of the martyrs.”

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