Iran’s revolutionary guard should be branded as terror group – Labour

Labour has called for Iran’s revolutionary guard to be formally branded a terror group as part of a UK retaliation to Alireza Akbari’s execution. Shadow foreign secretary

David Lammy and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a special branch of Iran’s armed forces, was “behaving like a terrorist

organisation and must now be proscribed as such”. Iranian state media on Saturday announced that Mr Akbari, a British-Iranian national and former Tehran defence official,

had been killed after being accused of spying for MI6. His execution was internationally condemned, including by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who branded it

“callous”. Labour supports proscribing the IRGC either through the existing process, or through amending the National Security BillDavid Lammy and Yvette Cooper Labour

said the execution was a “barbaric” moment in a long line of worrying behaviour by Tehran’s authorities. The party said the IRGC poses a “growing threat” on UK soil, while

also cracking down on protesters in Iran. Labour also cited the unjust imprisonment of British nationals in Iran, long-standing concerns about Iran’s threats to Israel, and

its support for violent groups across the region as reasons to formally label the guards a terror outfit. The move could have widespread domestic political support after MPs

last week voted in favour of adding the revolutionary guards to a list of banned terrorist organisations in the UK. The backbench motion, tabled by Conservative MP Bob

Blackman, is non-binding on the Government and ministers are still considering the matter.