EU-designated Iranian official to address hardline UK group
Kanoon Towhid, a hardline British Shi’ite group aligned with the Iranian regime, is due to host an event on February 14 celebrating 36 years since the Islamist government violently established control of Iran.
The event’s “keynote speaker” is Dr Kamran Daneshjoo, a former science minister of Iran who is a designated individual on the EU sanctions list, due to his involvement with the Iranian nuclear programme.
According to the EU designation:
Kamran Daneshjoo: Minister of Science, Research and Technology since the 2009 election. Iran failed to provide the IAEA with clarification of his role in relation to missile warhead development studies. This is part of Iran’s wider non-cooperation with the IAEA investigation of the “Alleged Studies” suggesting a military aspect to Iran’s nuclear programme, which includes denial of access to relevant individuals associated documents. Daneshjoo also plays a role in “Passive Defence” activities on behalf of President Ahmadenijad, in addition to his ministerial role. The Passive Defence Organisation is already EU designated.
It is assumed that Daneshjoo will be addressing the event through a remote video-link. On top of his inclusion on an EU sanctions list, Daneshjoo was reportedly banned from the United Kingdom while a student in London after participating in a violent rally against the publication of Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses.
In 2012, Daneshjoo banned women from 77 different fields of study in Iranian universities, claiming that segregation was necessary to protect morality.
The British group Kanoon Towhid has previously hosted, by video-link, General Mohsen Rezai, the former Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who is on Interpol’s wanted list for his involvement in the murderous bombing of the Jewish AMIA community centre in Buenos Aires. In 2013, Kanoon Towhid commemorated the Iranian revolution with a similar roster of regime-aligned figures.