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Iran parliament sanctions 26 US officials

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9003-02707

TEHRAN (ISNA) - An Iranian lawmaker Kazem Jalali said the country's parliament has approved sanction against a number of the US officials.

The Rapporteur of Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said, "although the US unilateral policies are criminal in general, but some of the country's officials are playing a more significant role in violation of human rights, crimes against humanity and drug smuggling and transit. The approved measure deals with punishment of these officials."

He added details of the act would be ratified soon.

The officials on the list include commander of US forces in Iraq Raymond Odierno, USS Vincennes Captain Will Rogers III, former FBI chief Thomas J. Pickard, and the former commander of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Geoffrey D. Miller.

Current Guantanamo commander Rear Admiral Jeffery Harbeson, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and another US military official will also be listed in the list of sanction by Tehran.

Pickard is charged with human rights violations over his involvement in the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1993, and the death of over 80 followers of the cult.

He is also accused of human rights violations during his tenure as the CIA station chief in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003.

Miller, who commanded the US prison at Guantanamo Bay between 2002 and 2007, is charged with torture of inmates, while Harbeson is charged in connection with human rights violations at the detention center since 2010.

Rogers will have sanctions imposed on him over the killing of 290 Iranian civilians on board Iran Air Flight 655, which was shot down by the USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988.

Rumsfeld, who was US secretary of defense from 1975 to 1977 and from 2001 to 2006, is also on the list for the killing of thousands of civilians in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also charged in connection with human rights violations and torture at two notorious prisons, Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Bagram in Afghanistan.

Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq from May 2003 to June 2004, and General Tommy Franks, who led the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, are also on the list of US officials that the Iranian parliament plans to impose sanctions on.

Jalali added this was the initial list and the next one would include criminals who played a role on Palestine, Sudan, Lebanon and other countries.

The measure was approved by all parliament members and without any opposition.

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