The alleged ID card of Basij member Abbas Javid Kargar, who says in a new documentary that he had nothing to do with the murder of Neda Agha Soltan.
Abbas Javid Kargar, a member of Iran's Basij force accused of having shot dead
Neda Agha Soltan at a peaceful protest in Tehran on June 20 of last year, claims
he wasn't armed on that day and that he played no role in her death.
Kargar makes the claim in a new documentary on Iranian state television. The film "investigates" Neda's killing without explaining the context or mentioning last year's protests. It appears to be another attempt by Iranian authorities to place the blame on elements outside Iran.
A graphic video showing Neda's last moments of life was quickly posted on YouTube and viewed by millions of people around the world, turning her into one of the main icons of Iran' Green Movement.
Amnesty International calls the Iranian government's response to
Neda's death "a cynical face-saving exercise."
"Neda's unlawful killing is emblematic of not only the numerous human rights violations committed against Iranians over the past year -- which are still continuing today -- but also of the government's steadfast refusal to bring to justice those responsible for torturing and killing its critics."
The rights organization renews its call on the Iranian government to allow an independent inquiry into the deaths and abuses that took place during and after the demonstrations, including an investigation into Neda's killing.
Many Iranians and other people around the world have said they will honor her
memory and the memory of other protesters who were killed in Iran's postelection
crackdown by holding candlelight vigils. According to the opposition, more than
70 people were killed in Iran following the disputed reelection of President
In January, a documentary was aired on Iran's English-language Press TV claiming Neda was a foreign agent who staged her own death.
The hard-line and pro-Ahmadinejad Fars News Agency said last week that "political experts" believe a meeting that took place more than two months ago between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Neda's fiance, Caspian Makan, who was visiting Israel, is further evidence that foreign countries were involved in Neda's death.
In his blog, Hejazi says the new documentary is a "step forward" that proves his version of Neda's death.
"On one side there is the account of Arash Hejazi and on the other side are the accounts of the Iranian government. The accounts of the Iranian government have been changed several times already. But the account of Arash Hejazi remains the same, and as each day goes by the truth about his comments is becoming more obvious."
For telling the truth about Neda's death, Hejazi says he has lost his publishing house and his security and that he cannot see his family in Iran anymore. After Neda's death, he left Iran to study in Britain.
Despite all the difficulties he's been facing, he says he has stood by his testimony.
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