Shahroudi returns Iran, cutting short his treatment in Germany

According to Mikrofonnews agency (MHA), Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, head of the Advisory Board and former head of the Iran’s Judiciary System, has cut short his stay at a clinic in Germany and returned to Iran, officials say.

The senior Iranian cleric was under investigation in Germany for his alleged role in signing thousands of death sentence while heading the Judiciary. Some of his critics say signing of death sentences for thousands of people in Iran is amounting as crime against humanity.

Reuters quotes an official in Germany as confirming that Shahroudi has left the country to Iran on Thursday. While Germany like the other European countries is against death sentence, but does not act automatically  on the cases involved executions in the foreign countries.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an exiled opposition group, said his issuing of “thousands” of death sentences amounted to a crime against humanity and urged German prosecutors to investigate, Reuters reports.

NCRI has condemned the departure of Shahroudi, saying he should have been prosecuted for the crimes he has done.