Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi considered a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei fled Germany on Thursday for Iran amid criminal complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor.
Critics accuse Shahroudi, the who headed Irans judiciary system from 1999 to 2009, of imposing executions on 2,000 people, including adolescents.
Germany has a choice, Dr. Michael Rubin, an Iran expert with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Does it want to be a safe haven for terrorists and mass murderers? Alas, for Sigmar Gabriel [Germanys foreign minister], it seems that the answer was and is yes. But why should principle matter if German businesses can make an extra million euros?
Shahroudis presence in Hanover prompted protests and widespread calls on social media for Germanys government to arrest and prosecute the religious leader.......