Former Iranian minister escapes execution


Jazeera Net-Tehran

Two weeks after the death sentence of the famous Iranian politician Mohammad Ali Najafi, convicted of the murder of his second wife Mitra Professor, the reformists' efforts to obtain a pardon from the murdered family.

Although the brother of the murdered Massoud Professor has clung to death and rejected all offers to pardon the former minister and mayor of Tehran, his announcement that the family's brother-in-law will be pardoned will not come as a surprise because of the reformist-led efforts to save the man from the gallows.

Two months ago, Iranian television broadcast a report that Najafi had come to the Tehran police department to confess to the murder of his second wife, and the reporter leaning on a sofa sipping tea after shaking hands with a police officer. .

At the time, the head of the mabahith department in the capital, General Ali Reza Lutfi, announced that his group's investigations indicate that Najafi committed the crime under psychological pressure and family problems.

Two weeks ago, the Iranian court sentenced the former mayor of Tehran to two years in prison for illegally possessing a weapon and the death penalty after he was found guilty of killing his second wife, 30 years younger.

Pardon when estimated
Massoud, a brother of the slain brother, said on Wednesday morning on his account on the social networking site "Instagram" that his family decided to pardon Najafi, which was confirmed by family lawyer Mahmoud Hajji Loai.

In his tweet, he revealed mediation by elders of Kermanshah province, the hometown of the deceased, as well as national figures who mediated to save the reformist politician Najafi from the guillotine.

Although Massoud Professor is delighted that his family did not compromise on the blood of the murdered professor Mitra, the Iranian media have already spoken of huge offers by reformist figures to his family.

Masoud concluded the statement of the family of a professor, expressing his hope that Najafi will spend the rest of his life away from politics, and that he is busy recommending the soul to Allah aton for his sins.

Najafi tells court how he used weapons to kill his second wife (social media)

Five bullets
The education minister of former presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami was killed on May 28 by his second wife, a year after he married five bullets in their home in Sa'adabad district north of Tehran.

Najafi's first wife, Sorour Tabchian, stood with him in his ordeal. "I lived with him for 42 years, during which I did not see a man in his kindness, but he always respected me, but he suddenly changed after his second marriage.

"Despite Najafi's marriage to Mitra, we have not separated from him. She threatened to burn our daughter, and this caused him a state of fear and dismay," said Tabishan, described by the Iranian media as "the best support for Najafi in his ordeal."

According to Iranian media, Najafi pointed out in his confession "constant threats from his wife to reveal his secrets and destroy his life."

Intelligence trap
Najafi was quoted shortly after the murder as saying that he suspected his second wife had approached him as "Presto or swallow," which now symbolizes women intelligence, which Masoud, a brother of the slain brother, denied.

The spokesman of the judiciary in Iran, Gholamhossein Ismaili, confirmed that there was no connection with any security agencies in the country.

A number of Iranian figures sympathized with Najafi in raising the issue of women intelligence, as the former head of the radio and television Mohammad Sarafraz to send the security services, one of them called abbreviation "MA" to him. While some considered the name alluding to Mitra, the professor of Najafi's murdered wife, he later wrote a tweet in which he said that he "does not mean the late Mitra Professor."

For his part, senior MP Ali Motahari accused his country's security agencies of sending swallows "to fly over opposition politicians, to prepare videos and pictures to close their mouths and exclude them from the political arena," describing the security approach as contrary to Islamic law.

Najafi (center) in one of the trial sessions (social networking sites)

Expectations and charges
In the context, the media of the conservative movement launched a defamation campaign against the rival current, describing the case as a sign of "moral bankruptcy" and that the case of Najafi is only one of the cases that occurred overt.

In contrast, the reformist movement accused the conservative media, including the Radio and Television Corporation, of bias in covering the issue for political purposes.

"Mitra Najafi contacted the site the day before the crime and said she wanted to interview us. She was due to come to our office, but she was killed the same day," said Insa News correspondent Brisa Salhi. ".

Najafi resigned from the mayor of Tehran nine months after he took office last year for "health reasons" after coming under a wave of criticism from the conservative current, after participating in a cultural event punctuated by dancing girls.

While some circles attributed the reason for his resignation to his association with Professor Mitra, who in turn published a number of photos with her new partner on social networks, described as not taking into account the culture of society in dealing with politicians and officials.

ref: aljazeera