Iran’s Judiciary chief due in Baghdad for high-level talks

Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi is to visit the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, February 8, 2021, upon the official invitation of Faiq Zidan, head of Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council.

The visit is aimed at expanding judicial and legal collaborations between the two countries, according to a statement by the Iranian embassy in Baghdad.

Heading a high-ranking judicial delegation, Raisi will meet with his Iraqi counterpart as well as other high-ranking officials of the Arab country, the embassy said.

He will reportedly visit the headquarters of the Supreme Judicial Council on Tuesday to sign a number of memoranda of understanding between the two countries within the framework of judicial and legal cooperation, the statement added.

“On the sidelines of the visit, memoranda of understanding will be signed with the Ministry of Justice, the Federal Integrity Commission and the High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq,” the statement added.

The Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq had earlier announced in a statement that the Iranian delegation will also ink other agreements with Iraq’s Ministry of Justice, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq, and an Iraqi transparency authority.

The Iraqi Middle East News website says Raisi is expected to meet with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Iran’s top judge will also pay a visit to holy shrines in the Iraqi provinces of Najaf and Karbala.

Baghdad and Tehran already have plans to jointly sue the US for assassinating top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

In December, a supervising member of the Information Center of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council said appropriate court orders have been issued regarding the suspects in the January 3 assassination outside Baghdad International Airport.

The assassination operation went ahead on a direct order from Donald Trump, the former White House occupant.

Both martyred commanders were viewed by the world’s freedom-seeking people as heroes who risked their lives taking on Daesh, the world’s most notorious terrorist group, on the battlefield. They played a key part in defeating the terror outfit.

Several million people attended the funeral processions held for the commanders in the Iraqi cities of Kadhimiya, Baghdad, Karbala and Najaf as well as the Iranian cities of Ahvaz, Mashhad, Tehran, Qom and Kerman.

In response, the IRGC fired volleys of ballistic missiles at two US bases in Iraq on January 8. According to the US Defense Department, more than 100 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrikes. The Corps, however, says Washington uses the term to mask the number of the Americans who perished during the retaliation.