Iran urges trial of those behind 9/11
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has renewed his call to establish an independent fact-finding committee on the 9/11 incident, urging trial of those who engineered the event.
“Plotters of the September 11 incident should be brought to trial. While regional nations knew nothing about the event, yet countries were occupied [because of it],” IRNA quoted President Ahmadinejad as saying in a press conference in the Azeri capital of Baku on Thursday.
“A fact-finding committee which is trusted by nations should investigate the 9/11 event,” he added.
The president emphasized that if US statesmen truly possess firm documents about what happened during the incident, as they claim, they should not fear the establishment of a fact-finding committee and can produce their evidence to the body for a probe.
The Iranian chief executive went on to add, “If it is proved that such crimes were carried out by those who have presence in our region, regional countries and nations will duly punish them by themselves.”
In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, the Iranian president called for the formation of an independent probe committee to investigate the 2001 event in New York and Washington.
President Ahmadinejad’s call for a probe triggered a row in the White House with US President Barak Obama criticizing the Iranian president’s remarks as “hateful.”
The Iranian president later defended his proposal, saying it did not mean Tehran was insensitive to the pain of the families of the victims but rather showed a commitment to finding the truth behind an incident that triggered wars in Iran’s neighboring countries.