Iran leaders OK funds to probe U.S. abuse

Aug. 24, 2009 at 9:57 AM
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TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Iranian lawmakers passed a bill that would create a $20 billion fund intended to expose human rights violations by the United States, Iranian media reported.

Lawmakers said the legislation, passed Sunday, was in retaliation for what they consider similar action taken by the United States, The Washington Post reported Monday. In July, the U.S. Senate OK'd a bill that included $5 million that would help to document information about human rights in Iran.

Alaedin Boroujerdi, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Relations Committee of Iran's Majlis, called the fund for investigating alleged U.S. abuses "necessary."

"We must respond in kind to America's injustice and tyranny and the interference of this country against Iran," Iran's government-funded Press TV quoted Boroujerdi as saying.

The bill would become final if Iranian lawmakers vote on it again within six months, the Post said. If approved, the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, Information Technology and Islamic Culture would determine how the money is spent.

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