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WASHINGTON – An attorney presenting evidence about the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Islamic regime says it would be good to come out of the case with a precedent to indict the Muslim leader.
Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and now with Freedom Watch and a WND contributor said in an interview that it is time to “bring restitution” to those who have suffered under the Iranian regime.
The case against the president of the rogue ruling elite in Iran, and the nation itself, was brought by Klayman on behalf of members of the Mohammadi family, including Manouchehr, Reza, Simin and Nasarin, whose brother, Akbar, died.
The defendants already are in default, because they failed to respond to the court action, but Klayman explained that the case needs to be presented to set damages. Hearings on that issue started Thursday.
The complaint charges Ahmadinejad, the nation’s supreme leader, the Revolutionary Guard, and the Islamic Republic of Iran as a whole brutally tortured and murdered Akbar Mohammadi.
He was the first student leader to call for “regime change” in Iran as part of the so-called Green Revolution, Klayman said.
Klayman said the case will reveal the truth about those who run Iran by the dictates of Islamic law, or Shariah.
He said the case is much like the Nuremberg trials following World War II, and is revealing “in graphic detail the inhuman brutality of this Nazi-like Iranian regime, that not only tortures and murders its own people, but has threatened to wipe Israel and all Jews off the face of the earth.”
Klayman is presenting evidence and testimony through his clients that Ahmadinejad, the supreme leader, the Revolutionary Guard, and the Islamic Republic of Iran have engaged in brutal torture and murder of democratic activists.
“It is a bigger question of human rights,” Klayman said.
Both Akbar, a “high ranking member of the Green Revolution” in Iran, and Manouchehr were arrested and jailed and tortured in Iran, according to the complaint. Akbar was then murdered by the Iranian state in prison on June 31, 2006. Manouchehr was still held and tortured and eventually escaped to the United States.
Nasarin Mohammadi told WND that she is “proud of her brother for his sacrifice” and said “he lost his life for his country, freedom and human rights.” Additionally she says that though he was a part of a “revolution” he was a man of peace, being “very charitable and sought social change not just through political reform, but also through his personal actions.”
Because of Akbar’s actions and Nasarin’s commitment to stand by her brother’s fervent belief in freedom, she is banned from Iran.
She has not seen her parents in two years since they visited her in America and since their return to Iran, they have had their passports seized and the regime monitors their house 24/7 with wiretaps and bugs.
Though Nasarin attempted to escape to the West for protection from repercussions from the regime, she could never fully escape the regime’s reach. She reports that in 2004 while living in Berlin and meeting with members of various European parliaments, she was poisoned by an Iranian assassin and only lived “by the grace of God.”
She left fled to America, but regime sympathizers in her community in Los Angeles reportedly tried to kidnap her to return her to Iran, she said.
During court testimony, it also was revealed that Iranian sympathizers then tried to discredit her, by photoshopping her image into pornography and posting it online.
Klayman described that the “big story” in the dispute is the “level of Iranian covert operations in the United States.”
He told the court, with corroborating testimony from witnesses, that the Iranian regime has agents and front offices in various Iranian-American communities as a means to coerce and harass Iranians living in America who would dare try and speak out against the revolutionary government.
Klayman said he is “deeply concerned about U.S. government’s lack of concern” with the Iranian infiltration and the gross human rights violations in both Iran and on American soil.
He blames not just the Obama administration, but other Republicans and Democrats, too, for “having turned a blind eye,” saying “it is both parties’ faults, especially with Obama though, for he has a special affection for Iran.”
Kenneth R. Timmerman, president and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, testified in support of the Mohammadi family, saying that Iran uses these assets and operatives in the United States “to keep track” of Iranian dissidents, especially in areas where large Iranian populations exist, such as Westwood, Los Angeles.
Former CIA director Robert James Woolsey Jr. also confirmed in testimony that Iran not only “conducts surveillance” of Iranian-Americans, but also has attempted on several occasions to kill American citizens and foreign dignitaries, most notably Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in a Washington, D.C., café in 2011.
“President Obama and his administration, rather than supporting freedom fighters like the Mohammadis and working for regime change (which would also eliminate Iran’s nuclear threat), have turned a blind eye to these crimes against humanity and instead, like Neville Chamberlain with Hitler, have sought to appease the Islamic Republic of Iran. Now, justice will finally be done in an American courtroom,” Klayman previously told WND.
WND reported earlier when Judge Beryl Howell scheduled the trial in the billion-dollar dispute on behalf of the Mohammadi family.
The case seeks damages of $10 billion.
Howell’s earlier ruling said 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 said 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 was brought under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991.