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Reports Say Attacker Stabs Iranian Reformist Ex-Minister

Source: RFE/RL

Reformist websites and foreign news agencies say former Iranian cabinet minister Ahmad Motamedi has been stabbed at Amir Kabir University in Tehran.

Ahmad Motamedi

The reports, which have not yet been independently confirmed, say Motamedi was rushed to a hospital with stab wounds in his chest after the perpetrator attacked him in his office.

Students of AmirKabir university in Tehran held a gathering to condemn the attack and demand for immediate investigation of this case. The students accuse the officials of the security department of the university with incuriosity and even cooperation due to the political affiliation of Dr. Motamedi.

Motamedi was minister of Information and Communications Technology during the presidency of reformist Mohammad Khatami before he began teaching at the university.

He joined the opposition movement against President Mahmud Ahmadinejad before last June's disputed presidential election.

His children were arrested after having attended protest rallies criticizing the president.

The websites claim that university guards apprehended the attacker but do not offer details.

compiled by RFE/RL's Central Newsroom

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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