Spanish Court Summons Perpetrators of Massacre at Camp Ashraf

US forces in Camp Ashraf examining the bodies of killed residentsStop Fundamentalism, 14 July, 2011 - The Spanish National Central Investigation Court issued a writ against Nuri al-Maliki and summoned three Iraqi individuals involved in the massacre of residents of Camp Ashraf on April 8, says the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in a press release on July 14.

The Spanish National Court in its July 11, 2011 ruling accepted to investigate a complaint from residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq who were subject of a raid by Iraq’s military forces on April 8, 2011. The court summoned General Ali Geidan, who commands Iraq’s ground forces, for leading the attack, Colonel Abdul-Latif al-Annabi who commanded the attacking battalion and Major Jassem al-Tamimi who was shut on video while directly targeting and shooting at the residents.

The three must appear before the court on October 3, 2011.

“According to the court ruling and based on the Fourth Geneva Convention, the United States is obliged to intervene to stop torture and violence and must immediately take back the protection of Ashraf residents from the Iraqi government and the assailant forces in order to prevent another massacre,” said Maryam Rajavi, President of the NCRI, commenting on the court’s ruling.

According to the ruling, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, will automatically be summoned to the court at the end of his term in office when his judicial immunity will be removed.

Camp Ashraf was the scene of a raid by Iraqi military on April 8, 2011 resulting in the killing of 36 men and women residing in the camp. The residents of Ashraf are unarmed civilians. They consist of Iranian refugees mainly members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization of Iran (MEK/PMOI).

The court has invited Ad Melkert, the Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Iraq and also Struan Stevenson, President of Delegation for Relations with Iraq of the European Union, to testify before the court.

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