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Senior liberal activist Yadollah Sahabi dies: Report

Tehran, April 12, IRNA -- Yadollah Sahabi, a senior member and co-founder of the now-banned Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI), died early Friday at the Jam hospital here, several days after being admitted to hospital for cerebral hemorrhage, unconfirmed reports said.

Mohammad Basteh-Negar, a close relative of the 96-year-old activist, has been cited as saying that a funeral procession will be held for Sahabi on Sunday at the Tehran University campus.

According to press, Sahabi was admitted to hospital two weeks ago and had been announced clinically dead a week later.

Abolqassem Khoshroo, a representative of President Mohammad Khatami, last Wednesday called on the ailing former minister at the hospital where he paid tribute to Sahabi for his national liberation efforts during the despotic rule of shah, and his services after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Sahabi helped the first Iranian prime minister after the Islamic Revolution, Mehdi Bazargan, found the FMI. He was an activist of Iran's oil nationalization movement in 1951 which provoked the ire of shah's court.

A university professor, Sahabi was a well-credited writer and a Tehran MP in the first term of the Majlis (parliament) after the Islamic Revolution.

He is the father of another senior FMI member Ezzatollah who was jailed last March along with some 60 liberal dissidents, mostly members of the Freedom Movement of Iran, on charges of plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

Ezzatollah rejected the charges in his court hearings saying his criticism of certain performances of the government was aimed at improving the state of affairs.

He was later released along with most of other activists after posting bails.

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