Shahbazi: They Tried to Kill Me
Abdollah Shahbazi, who is now labeled as the ‘second exposer’ after a former Majlis member Palizdar made public revelations about flagrant corruption among senior Iranian clerics and politicians, is reported to have escaped an assassination attempt, according to news reports in Iran. He is said to have written a letter to President Ahmadinejad asserting that an attempt was made on his life with the intention to kill him.
Edalatkhah website close to Iran’s president Ahmadinejad reported the claim on Tuesday with details. “When the chasers discovered that Shahbazi was not in the vehicle they were following, they beat up the driver and threatened him with a pistol. They then attempted to kidnap the drive who after being hit in the head was forced to drive his car off a curb and then ran out of the vehicle to flee. After a series of protest statements by Shahbazi about corruption and fraud in real estate deals in the province of Fars, armed men two nights ago chased his car and attempted to kidnap and assassinate him”, the report on the website read.
This report was published by a site close to Ahmadinejad after Shahab News website reported that the president and Shahbazi had been in contact. According to this report Abdollah Shahbazi, a writer and a controversial historian who has made somber charges against senior military and political authorities in the province of Fars, now claims that armed men attempted to assassinate him.
A Researcher for the Security ApparatusAbdollah Shahbazi was a key member of Iran’s Tudeh communist party in the former years of the 1979 revolution and was arrested with other senior leaders of the party in early 1980s. But he soon turned into an active member of the intelligence community of the Islamic regime and became a member of the Ministry of Intelligence. He was a founding member of the Center for Political Research of that ministry and led it for more than 10 years. According to him, while working at the research center, he was also active at the Current History of Iran Studies institute (Moasese Motaleat Tarikhe Moaser Iran) on direct orders from the Supreme leader of the Islamic state, an institute that is linked to the Mostazafan foundation. During these years, he has been closely linked to right-wing groups in the ministry of intelligence.
In recent months, he began a campaign to discredit and ‘expose’ economic corruption among some senior authorities in the province of Fars. He claimed to be close to the special investigator to the president and Dawood Ahmadinejad (the brother of the president and head of the presidential inspectorate general), implying that he was in contact with the higher echelons of power in the country. In that connection, he published documents regarding the secret talks among the most senior leaders of the country, that included the remarks made by Supreme Leader ayatollah Khamenei on June 22, 1999 about the murders that were carried out by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence, known as the serial killings. He had promised to make more documents public in the future about the secret events in the country.
These statements, or ‘revelations’ as they are also called, led to his arrest on June 19 by the prosecutor in the town of Shiraz in Fars province. The charges that were brought against him were ‘libel and disturbing public peace’.
After Shahbazi’s arrest, the prosecutor’s deputy issued a 100 million Toman bond (about $100,000) for his release and according to Islamic Republic of Iran news agency the head of the judiciary of Fars province had threatened to detain and imprison Shahbazi if he failed to provide the bond. Shahbazi provided the bond the next day and was thus released on bail.