15 March 2013
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Following the Truth Commission hearing in London, which was held between 18th and 22nd June 2012 and was attended by 75 witnesses, the Tribunal hearing was held in The Hague between 25th and 27th October 2012. The hearing was attended by 19 witnesses.
Following an unprecedented ruling from The Hague in February 2013, the Tribunal found the Islamic Republic of Iran guilty of gross violations of human rights against its citizens and accountable for the systematic and widespread commission of crimes against humanity in Iran between 1980 and 1988. These crimes were committed against the country’s political prisoners when over 20,000 citizens were tortured and executed.
The Tribunal met in London on 15th March 2013 for presentation of its 52 pages judgement consisting of 169 articles. Professor John Cooper, chair of the International Legal Steering Committee of the Iran Tribunal, commenced the event. Following Professor Cooper’s speech, Judge Johann Kreigler delivered the judgement and substantiated the evidences upon which the ruling was issued. Thereafter, Professor Payam Akhavan, Iran Tribunal’s chief prosecutor, discussed and analyzed the lawsuit against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Subsequently, Mr. Behrooz Partow, representing Iran Tribunal campaign, provided a summary of the work carried out by the campaign over the past five years.