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Detainees Confess!

‎“Documents” Linking Bombers to Foreigners - 2008.05.26

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‎‎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.‎

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