Court Martial and Dismissal from Service
Iran has dismissed from service several military officers, and some would be subjected to court martial proceedings, for deleriction of duty in connection to the abduction of five Iranian border guards by the Iranian Baluch militant group Jaish ul-Adl, Iran’s border guard commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Zolfaqari announced today. (Mehr News Agency, 17 March)
On Saturday, a member of Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee told reporters that the abducted guards were expected to be released before the start of the Persian New Year (21 March) through “negotiations and agreement” with the kidnappers.
Gen. Zolfaqari also criticized the Pakistani government and intelligence services and said they should intensify the security forces along the border.
The guards were abducted in the Jakigour region in Iranian Baluchestan on 6 February and are believed to have been taken to the Pakistani side of the border.
The Jaish-ul-Adl tweeted on 26 February that its religious court has sentenced the five Iranian guards to death.
Photo credit: A photo of five Iranian border guards held by Jaish al-Adl; published in group’s website on 9 February.