Majlis passes bill to sue US over 1953 coup in Iran

Majlis passes bill to sue US over 1953 coup in Iran
Sun Sep 1, 2013 17:44:21

Iran’s Majlis (parliament) has approved the provisions of a bill that obliges the Iranian administration to assess and follow up ways of suing the US for its involvement in the 1953 coup d’état in the country.

In their Sunday open session, the Iranian parliamentarians approved the first and second articles of the bill.

Under the first article, the Iranian administration will be bound to form a committee to assess the material and non-material damages arising from the 1953 coup d’état against the democratically-elected then-Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq and provide the Majlis with ways to claim the redress.

The committee, which will report to Majlis on a quarterly basis, is comprised of the foreign minister (as the head of the body), prosecutor general, intelligence minister, representative of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, economy minister as well as heads of Majlis committees on national security and foreign policy, legal and judiciary affairs, and planning and budget.

The second article of the bill obliges the administration to follow up the claims through relevant national and international bodies after the claims are calculated.

On Tuesday, Iranian lawmakers voted in favor of the urgency of discussing the bill.

After six decades, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) last month for the first time published a document that confirms Washington’s role in the British- and American-backed military overthrow.

On August 15, 1953, the British and US intelligence agencies initiated a coup by the Iranian military, setting off a chain of events including riots on the streets of Iran’s capital, Tehran, that led to the overthrow and arrest of Mosaddeq four days later.

Mosaddeq, convicted of treason, served three years in prison and died under house arrest in 1967.

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