Iran’s new president will snub Cop26 talks after we revealed calls for him to be arrested on arrival in Scotland.
Despot Ebrahim Raisi — dubbed the Butcher of Tehran — had considered making the UN climate change summit his first appearance on the global stage.
But Iranian state media has reported he will not attend.
Campaigners have said the tyrannical president should never be allowed on European soil amid accusations he tortured and executed 30,000 political opponents including pregnant women and children during the 80s.
Hossein Abedini, deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran UK, said his organisation understood Raisi would not attend.
He said: “Raisi should be held accountable for crimes against humanity and genocide.”
The Foreign Office also confirmed President Raisi would not be attending.
We told last week how Iranian expat Ahmad Ebrahimi, and wife Farzaneh Majidi were to file two legal complaints under
Scottish and English law demanding Raisi be arrested for “crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide”.
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