Iran to sue Trump over assassination of General Qassem Soleimani

Iran to sue Trump over assassination of General Qassem Soleimani

Iran to sue Trump over assassination of General Qassem Soleimani

Tehran has announced Iran is to sue US President Trump, his administration and the US military in the international criminal court over the targeted assassination of Iran’s revered General Qassem Soleimani.

“We intend to file lawsuits in the Islamic Republic, Iraq and The Hauge Court (International Court of Justice) against the military and government of America and against Trump,” said Gholamhossein Esmaeili, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, the Tehran Times reported.

“There is no doubt that US military action was an act of terrorism.” he said. “Trump personally has confessed ordering this criminal act and that is the strongest evidence that a court could have.”

Under international laws victims of terror or accidental non-lawful deaths are able to sue for financial compensation. This also means that the victims of the Ukrainian civilian aircraft accidentally shot down by Tehran’s missile defence system during the US-Iran missal exchange are likely to be able to file a case against Tehran.

The US would not be eligible to file against Iran for the missile attacks on the US bases because the attacks were against military bases engaged in active combat and Iran gave the US hours notice to remove people from the bases. The missile launches intended to be a warning and proof of capability rather than direct attack.

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