German parliament doubts legality of Soleimani’s killing

January 15, 2020

BERLIN — The killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by the military of the United States appears to be in breach of international law, according to an evaluation published by the Scientific Service (WD) of the German Bundestag (federal parliament).

Commissioned by the Left Party and sent to Xinhua on Tuesday, the Bundestag experts’ report found that “it is not clear why the killing of Soleimani in Iraq should have been absolutely necessary to ward off an acute danger to the lives of Americans ultima ratio.”

The Scientific Service assists and advises the members of the German parliament in exercising their mandate in all policy areas. According to the Bundestag, the Scientific Service does not reflect the views of the German parliament but works in a party-politically neutral and objective manner.

A drone attack ordered by US President Donald Trump killed Soleimani at the beginning of January and the move has instantly inflamed the already strained tensions between Washington and Tehran. The US administration has justified Soleimani’s killing with allegedly planned attacks on US citizens and embassies, but did not reveal any evidence.