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Eli Wiesel Calls for Iranian President's Arrest

April 5, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be arrested and indicted for intent to commit a crime against humanity, Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel has said.

In a recent interview with dpa, Wiesel said the Iranian leader is serious when he says Israel should be wiped off the map.

"Ahmadinejad has two goals: one goal is to become nuclear and the second goal is to destroy the State of Israel. The fact is he means it," Wiesel said.

"If he goes to Germany or here to New York he should be arrested and brought to The Hague and indicted and charged with intent to commit a crime against humanity. That would solve the problem. He should be arrested, he deserves it," he said, repeating a demand he has made previously.

"I learned from history to trust the enemy threats," noted Wiesel, who as a teenager managed to survive the Holocaust and in 1986 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Israel regards Iran as its main existential threat, because of its nuclear weapons drive, coupled with calls for its destruction by Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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