Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami has said on Monday that Saudi rulers are criminals who must be punished for the deaths of thousands during the 2015 Hajj stampede.
“There is no doubt that Al Saud rulers are not the accused but the frontline criminals in the Mina disaster and are culpable at the least,” he told worshipers during Eid al-Adha prayers in Tehran.
“These criminals must be tried in Islamic courts and receive due punishment,” Ayatollah Khatami added.
“The Mina disaster showed that Al Saud rulers do not deserve to manage the Two Noble Sanctuaries and a board of Muslim elites is needed to take up the responsibility or at least administer Hajj rituals,” he continued.
He then criticised the regime for not allowing Iranian aid workers to participate in the rescue efforts.
“If they had taken water with helicopters, they could have saved the lives of many Muslims. Moreover, they didn’t allow Iranian workers to help and their own workers did not make any effort to save lives.”
He then challenged the regime to hold a trial if they are so confident that they are innocent.
“If you are not a criminal, then let a fact-finding committee be formed so that the truth about the Mina disaster comes to light.”