Iran vows to prosecute in absentia Donald Rumsfeld, others, Iranian lawmaker says
July 3rd, 2011
10:04 AM ET

Iran vows to prosecute in absentia Donald Rumsfeld, others, Iranian lawmaker says

Iran says it plans to prosecute 26 current and former American officials, an Iranian lawmaker said Sunday, potentially escalating a tit-for-tat dispute between the two countries.

"The American officials will be tried in Iranian courts in abstentia before they are referred to the relevant international tribunals" if Iran's parliament approves the plan, Tehran member of parliament Esmaeel Kowsari said, according to Mashregh News.

He did not name them, but Iran's government-backed Press TV said in May that parliament planned sanctions on Americans including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the current and former commanders of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

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  1. Philip

    Hay! How come they get to prosecute in abstentia but we don't.

    July 3, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeanne

    how is that going to work? This is America, not Iran.

    July 3, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Can't have it all ways, people.
    When someone asks, "when are Bush and Rumsfeld going to be prosecuted for war crimes", one could say, right now, in Iran.
    At least Rumsfeld, anyway.

    I guess this means he won't be vacationing in Iran anytime soon.

    July 3, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |

    im scared.. my former boss was iranian.. he didnt like me... i hope they dont sanction me,,,

    July 3, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    A July 4th gift for our nation folks.
    40-50 Americans are held in a barbed wire fenced penn in Greece. On the behest of Israeli govt. And our very own administration would rather look away.
    That is after a US ship was raided by Greek commandos – US 'Audacity of Hope' & the Americans were taken away at gun point.

    Congratulations all.

    July 3, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      July 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar


    July 3, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      I see that some stupid Tea Partier is trolling me again just like he's doing to both banasy and RUFFNUTT. I'm in sympathy with the Iranians but the tragedy here is that none of these perverts will be prosected due to a complete lack of moral principles by the world leaders and that makes me sick!!!

      July 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |

    @cesar... small pox would work better.. dont forget we still have a bit of it saved for a special occation..
    it worked on the indians.. lets give iran some blankets

    July 3, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Well, I'm STILL not going to be. Guilt-tripped into not enjoying the celebration of our country's independence.

    Happy 3rd of July!

    July 3, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Posting foul!
    Improper use of punctuation!

    July 3, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. pat

    so many american officials did commit crime agianst humanity. how they are going to select only 26 for that that?

    July 3, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. michaelfury

    "What was Rumsfeld doing on 9/11? He deserted his post. He disappeared. The country was under attack. Where was the guy who controls America’s defense? Out of touch!"

    – A senior White House official

    July 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Boy i bet rumsfeld will be shakin in his boots tonight who will be shakin more him or casey

    July 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    @gung hoe:

    To tell you the truth, I don't think Rumsfeld gives a damn.

    I think Casey is shaking in her boots, though...

    July 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Ha, ol' Rummie was probably hunkering in an underground bunker some where, rolled up in a ball kissing his own a$$, hoping they wouldn't be coming for him! I read a few mo's ago that there's a tribunal in Switzerland trying to bring charges to the Bush gang. Don't know what happened, they were probably paid to go away. This can be taken 2 ways:Iran has a sorry humanitarian record, where do they get off accusing our poiticians? Or;Iran has a sorry humanitarian record, it's pretty bad when even the worst sit up & take notice! But it probably boils down to $$$, as usual!!

    July 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |

      Quite right fernace, the Shah Reza Pahlavi was indeed a very terrible man. Moreover, it would do quite well to remember that the notorious S.A.V.A.K. under this Shah was created by the C.I.A. back in 1953 which specialized in the torture of political prisoners but the right-wing news media never talks about that, of course!

      July 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    That should read "politicians"! Thanks.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
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