Coinciding with a new wave of arrests and repression within Iran, a coalition of Iranian human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have filed a criminal complaint with the German government accusing Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, a former head of Judiciary in Iran, of crimes against humanity. Shahroudi, a senior clerical figure with influential positions in bodies such as the Assembly of Experts, was receiving medical treatment at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hanover, Germany until January 11.
The coalition includes the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights, the Centre for Human Rights in Iran, Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre, Justice for Iran, the Siamak Pourzand Foundation and other human rights associations. Additional criminal complaints were filed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, as well as the German Green Party member Volker Beck.
Source: Global Voices Online