In the midst of the heated debate over the death of Alireza Akbari, the Iranian dictatorship has used Prince Harry’s admission that he killed 25 Taliban in Afghanistan against the British government.
Iran claimed it was “in no position to lecture” in a series of tweets slamming Britain’s outrage over the murder of the dual British-Iranian national who was charged with spying.
The Duke of Sussex was accused of exhibiting no regret for the taking of “innocent” life, and Britain was charged with permitting this “war crime,” according to the official Twitter account of the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
It said: ‘The British regime, whose royal family member, sees the killing of 25 innocent people as removal of chess pieces and has no regrets over the issue, and those who turn a blind eye to this war crime, are in no position to preach others on human rights.’
The post was referring to a controversial passage about the death count from Harry’s new memoir Spare.
His comments, which have also sparked security fears, have already provided the Taliban and extremist Anjem Choudary with ammunition to spout propaganda against British troops.
The former soldier used his book to detail how he had gunned down 25 militants, feeling neither satisfaction nor shame about his actions while serving in Afghanistan some 10 years ago.
He added that to in order deal with the incidents he dehumanised his victims by seeing them as ‘chess pieces’ and not people.
The passage was seized on by the Iranian regime as tensions between Tehran and London escalate in the wake of Akbari’s execution.
Akbari, 61, had moved to the UK with an investment visa and had become a naturalised citizen here but was lured back to Iran by the security services three years ago. But the ex-deputy Iranian defence minister was arrested in 2019 and convicted of spying for the UK, a charge which he denied.
His death last week has caused outrage in Britain with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak calling it a ‘callous and cowardly act, carried out by a barbaric regime’.
Ministers have imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on the Iranian prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has also temporarily withdrawn Britain’s ambassador to Iran, Simon Shercliff.
The UK is now considering designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful wing of its military, as a terrorist organisation in a sign of its hardening stance towards the Islamic republic.