Iran: 20 ‘undeclared’ sentences on Saudi embassy attackers

A file photo show smoke rises as Iranian protesters, upset over the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran, Iran. (AP)

An Iranian judiciary official has announced that there are 20 “undeclared suspects” accused of storming and attacking Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad last January.

However, “the convictions will be made public soon,” Alkhadi Husseini said.

The statement comes after Iranian authorities released in October Hassan Kord Mihin, the mastermind behind the attack on the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran. It has also been said that Iran had also deliberately stalled the trial of the 20 defendants for nearly 11 months.

In March, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Aajia, the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, announced the acquittal of 154 detainees charged with attacking the Saudi embassy, including a clergymen linked to the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Mihin, who publicly acknowledged that he was the planner behind the embassy attack, said others joined him in the attack as the “revolutionary sons of Hezbollah” from the Basij and the Revolutionary Guards.

The Basij is a paramilitary volunteer militia established in Iran in 1979.

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