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Ahmad Rezai Murdered in Dubai 

Nov. 14, 2011 - Police in Dubai and the Associated Press initially claimed that the death of Ahmad Rezai, the 35-year old son of former REvolutionary Guards Commander, Maj. Gen. Mohsen Rezai,  was a suicide. But now even the office of the Supreme Leader has acknowledged that the younger Rezai was murdered in the Gloria Hotel in Dubai. The initial police report quoted by the AP claims he was found with a slit wrist, but Iranian websites and Rezai's father's Tabnak website say that he was found dead under "suspicious circumstances," apparently electrocuted.

The regime had good cause to murder the younger Rezai, who initially fled to the United States in 1997 and denounced the regime and its ongoing assassination campaign against Iranian dissidents. An American citizen, Ahmad Rezai has a daughter in the United States, and has tried repeatedly to travel to Iran to visit his family, but has been turned back several times and threatened with arrest. According to an unconfirmed report, he was escorted back to Dubai earlier today by two Quds force officers, shortly before he was murdered.

FDI salutes the courage of Ahmad Rezai and will investigate those responsible for his murder and expose them as more information becomes available. 

Links to stories on Ahmad Rezai:

1998 interview with VOA Persian Service TV host Bijan Farhoodi (with English subtitles thanks to Shahram Assadollahi);

Tehran Times claims he was "electrocuted"

Iconoclast story summing up murder theories

Time magazine links to IRGC missile depot explosion the day before

1998 interview with The Iran Brief

Exclusive account of efforts to kidnap him in 1999 in Costa Rica

Read an excerpt about Ahmad Rezai from Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran

Kenneth R. Timmerman is Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran.

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