“Documents” Linking Bombers to Foreigners - 2008.05.26
In line with its earlier assertions about the bombing incident in a Shiraz mosque in April, the attorney general of Iran spoke of “confessions” made by the detainees that they had been in contact with “arrogant powers, led by America and Israel”. The provisional Friday congregational prayer leader of Tehran too pointed out that the detainees related to this incident intended to bomb numerous places around the country that included a religious sanctuary, a number of religious schools in Qom, oil pipelines in Genaveh port, the Russian Consulate General in Rasht, and Tehran’s annual international book exhibition.
While some media in the country have called for documentation and evidence to support the assertions relating to the involvement of foreign countries attributed to the detainees this case, the attorney general made new allegations and said that the detainees had actually confessed to having relations with the US and Israel. “The roots of this cased lie in the US, Israel and other places, he said.” And without presenting any evidence or documented information to such claims added, “These bombers are affiliated to American and Israeli groups and organizations that are directly and indirectly supported by these countries. … The money that was transferred outside and inside the country and the confessions of the bombers themselves and their associations with countries such as the US and Israel are all evident.”
A few days earlier too at a seminar on a new security state project, Dorri Najafabadi had said “The command of the Shiraz bombing and other subsequent incidents have been identified to be in Israel.” These assertions were inconsistent with what Iran’s minister of intelligence had said last Wednesday when he announced that new findings in the investigation had revealed that “the country that was behind this incident was the United States.”
While Iranian authorities until these remarks had only made general statements about the plans of the detainees of the Shiraz explosions to bomb other parts of the country and had refrained from providing more details – with the exception of those relating to the Russian Consulate General in Rasht – Ahmad Khatami, the temporary Friday prayer leader of Tehran, made new assertions regarding the plans of the terrorist network claimed by the ministry of intelligence. In his second sermon last Friday Khatami said the perpetrators of the Shiraz bombing “had plans to install bombs under the grave and memorial grounds of the daughter of the seventh Shiite imam in Qom and the schools of the Feyzieh theological center, Daral-shafa and ayatollah Golpaygani’s buildings aimed at taking revenge on the believers.” Khatami also mentioned that this “subversive grouping” intended to “bomb the Consulate General of Russia for political reasons and also to bomb the oil pipeline in Genaveh port located in south west of Iran in Bushehr province on the Persian Gulf for economic reasons.
It is noteworthy that on the same day, the attorney general too made an implicit yet vague reference to earlier activities of the bombers by saying, “Another terrorist activity of this group was related to the Sivand dam project incident, which did not of course have the same significance as the recent Rahpooyan bombing in Shiraz.” Sivand dam project near Shiraz has been a controversial venture which has raised concerns about its negative and destructive environmental impact on Iran’s archeological sites near Persepolis and Pasargadae in Fars with a history of over 2000 years. Until now, no media in Iran has reported anything about an incident connected to Sivand dam and it is thus not clear what the attorney general is referring to.