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Iranian cleric Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, considered to be a successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has fled Germany after having criminal complaints of crimes against humanity filed against him. Shahroudi was in Germany receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor and fled Thursday for Iran.
Critics have accused Shahroudi, the former head of Iran's judiciary system (1999-2009), of imposing executions on 2,000 people, including adolescents.
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"Germany has a choice: Does it want to be a safe-haven for terrorists and mass murderers? Alas, for Sigmar Gabriel [Germany's foreign minister], it seems that the answer was, and is, yes. But why should principle matter if German businesses can make an extra million euros?" Dr. Michael Rubin— an Iran expert with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC-- told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
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Shahroudi's presence in the city of Hannover prompted protests and widespread calls on social media for Germany's government to arrest and prosecute the religious leader. Sharoudi is believed to have fled on an Iran Air flight that departed Hamburg for Tehran. Iranian dissidents demonstrated at the Hamburg airport, chanting that "Sharoudi is a terrorist."
The German Kurdish community and the prominent German Green Party politician and human rights activist Volker Beck filed criminal complaints against Shahroudi. The state prosecutor in Lower Saxony launched an investigation into the allegations of widespread crimes against humanity conducted by Shahroudi in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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Germany's federal prosecutor also initiated a probe into Shahroudi. The German government said it provided a...
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