Ahmadinejad calls on Iranian judiciary to clarify Neda case

June 29th, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, June 29 (DPA) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the head of the judiciary Monday to clarify what he called the “mysterious killing” of female demonstrator Neda Agha-Soltan, a media report said.
In a letter to Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Ahmadinejad said that the event has been widely used by foreign media as propaganda and that opponents of the Iranian nation have misused the issue against the Iranian nation, the Mehr news agency reported.

Ahmadinejad said Agha-Soltan was killed June 20 by still unidentified elements and in a very mysterious manner. He called on the judiciary chief to follow up the case and identify the elements behind the killing.

Her death, caught on camera and viewed by millions on the internet, turned the 27-year-old music student into a resistance icon and attracted international attention.

The Fars news agency last week quoted an unnamed security official as saying investigations revealed that a man shot wildly into the demonstrating crowd and that one of his bullets hit Agha-Soltan in the back of the head.

Police were trying to track the gun used in the shooting, which is believed to have been smuggled into the country.

Iranian police have insisted they were not involved in the death. Protests have been ongoing in central Tehran against alleged election fraud, which eventually led to Ahmadinejad’s re-election.

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