Do you remember the explosion at an Iranian mosque I commented on a month ago? Well it turns out that the explanation that was offered at the time by the Iranian authorities, that the explosion was of leftover exhibits from a commemoration of the war with Iraq, wasn’t credible, just as I intimated. The Iranian authorities themselves are denying it:
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s judiciary said on Monday it would file international lawsuits against the United States and Britain, accusing them of providing financial support to those behind a blast in a mosque that killed 14 people.
Iran’s intelligence minister last week said Iran had arrested five or six members of a terrorist group with links to Britain and the United States who he said were involved in the explosion that also wounded 200 in the southern city of Shiraz.
Iranian officials had previously said the April 12 blast, during an evening prayer sermon by a prominent local cleric, was caused by explosives left over from an exhibition commemorating the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.
Judiciary spokesman Ali-Reza Jamshidi told state television the terrorists behind the bombing were agents of the U.S. and British governments in Iran.
“The relationship of those who planted the bombs in Shiraz with the U.S. and Britain was identified and they were being financially supported and in fact they acted as foreign agents in Iran,” he said.
“In view of the documents obtained the judiciary in cooperation with the government and the Foreign Ministry will file lawsuits with international authorities against their supporters, who on the one hand claim to fight terrorists and on the other hand provide them with equipment,” he said.
I’ve got to admit that this whole matter baffles me. A month has passed and whatever physical evidence was available has no doubt been scoured clean. The only evidence there is now is what the plaintiff, the Iranian government, provides. I’m sure that, given the history of the Iranian regime, whatever questioning there has been of the alleged perpetrators of the bombing was done with complete compliance with international norms.
And wouldn’t being successful in this suit potentially be more dangerous for the Iranians than anything they might possibly gain? Iran’s ties to terrorist groups are public, admitted, and well known. In the wake of a successful case don’t you think the Israelis would haul the Iranians into court with dozens of cases? I don’t see how they could resist.
Curiouser and curiouser.