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