As Iran reportedly continues to work secretly on nuclear weapons and biological threats such an anthrax, a federal judge has scheduled a trial on a lawsuit accusing the regime of violating the international human rights of opponents.
The attorney handling the case, Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, told WND the trial will come in April, just as international pressure on the Islamic regime is expected to peak over its weapons program and threats to Israel.
Klayman said the case will reveal the truth about those who run Iran by the dictates of Islamic law, or Shariah.
“Now, at this time of crucial importance, this trial will be held, much like the Nazi Nuremberg trials were held after World War II,” he said.
The aim is “to show the world that the barbaric nature of this Islamic regime, which not only finances and supports terrorism around the world and is waging a thus-far successful Muslim revolution, is not only a nuclear threat to our survival, but also is unfit in any respect to be part of the world community.”
“Hopefully, this trial will serve to wake up Americans and others to the threat of Islamic Iran to the civilized world, in order to have them demand that our government finally support the Iranian freedom movement by abandoning the administration’s policy of appeasement, truly support Israel, and eliminate these neo-Nazi mullahs and their proxies, as the nation was forced to do with Adolf Hitler.”
Klayman told WND the defendants already are in default in the dispute, but a judgment needs to be reached, and he will have witnesses bring testimony on that issue.
Judge Beryl Howell scheduled the trial in the billion-dollar dispute on behalf of the Mohammadi family for April 15-17 in Washington.
The case originated several years ago on behalf of Akbar and Manouchehr Mohammadi. They were two famous student leaders who were instrumental in kick-starting the freedom movement in Iran.
The students were imprisoned and tortured, and in Akbar’s case, murdered by the Islamic regime in Iran. The case not only seeks compensation for the atrocities but, more importantly, justice for crimes against humanity, Klayman said.
Klayman said few politicians in Washington, D.C., and, in particular, in the Obama administration, have been willing to even talk about the on-going atrocities against “the brave Iranian people” for fear of alienating the mullahs in Tehran. President Obama, he said, hopes Tehran will accede to U.S. sanctions and forego the development and production of atomic weapons.
“Indeed, even the Voice of America’s Persian News Network has been gagged from being too ‘aggressive’ about broadcasting news of these on-going atrocities,” Klayman explained.
The case seeks damages of $10 billion.
Howell’s earlier ruling said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Sayid Ali Hoseyni Khamenei, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic Republic of Iran were in default.
The case is a class action claim on behalf of victims of the regime.
Klayman explained to WND that Iran is a “major threat” to the world peace, and it needs to be put in its place.
“In so doing, not only will the Persian people be freed from bondage and terror, but the nuclear threat will have been largely eliminated, and Israel and the West protected from the horrors of this regime,” he said.
The case is on behalf of the late Akbar Mohammadi and his surviving brother Manoucher, who “were the first to call for regime change during the early stages of the modern freedom movement in Iran.”
“Akbar was tortured and murdered in Evin prison, and Manoucher was also tortured and held for seven years, under a death sentence. Manoucher ultimately escaped and found freedom in the United States. But the case is far broader than just these two heroic freedom fighters and was brought on behalf of all of the victims of the regime, including U.S. servicemen who were murdered as a result of Iranian bounties put on their heads,” Klayman explained.
The claim is for all Iranians who have had their civil and human rights violated, been assaulted, battered, tortured and even murdered to “keep a vicious, illegitimate and inhuman radical regime in power, all at the expense of the great, courageous, pro-Western, extremely well educated and highly sophisticated Persian civilization.”
The case was brought under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991.
Klayman charged that foreign sovereigns “are not immune in cases in which money damages are sought against a foreign state for personal injury occurring in the U.S. and caused by the tortious act of that foreign state or of any official of that foreign state while acting within the scope of his office. ”
“Through tortious and violent acts, defendants have caused extreme [injury] to plaintiffs, citizens of the United States, not only by the brutal killing of their brother,” he said. “As such, immunity is not provided for such defendants.”
He said there is no doubt that the defendants, “acting individually and in concert with al-Qaida, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups, were and remain engaged in terrorism and violations of human and civil rights in violation of the law of nations and international law.”
The plaintiff’s brother, Akbar Mohammadi, he noted was a student of the University of Tehran and a critic of the Iranian regime.
According to the filing, Akbar Mohammadi was “was taken into custody by violent Iranian police and locked away in Evin Prison in Tehran, a place notorious for its cruel imprisonment of political dissidents.”
“Seeking to intimidate its population from engaging in political dissidence, defendants sought to make an example of plaintiff’s brother. However, defendants went beyond a mere imprisonment. While in prison, Akbar was subjected to repeated bouts of torture and cruel and unusual forms of punishment, forced to suffer from defendants’ acts that would be clear violations of United States law. … Through continuous, brutal and repulsive acts of defendants, plaintiff’s brother spent his final years in a constant state of agony.”
Eventually, even though Iranian doctors recommended he be moved to a hospital and treated, he remained in prison. He died July 31, 2006.