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News | Principlist's Son Dies in Dubai, Police Say Suicide

13 Nov 2011 23:20Comments

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Iran Standard Time (IRST), GMT+3:30

11:20 p.m., 22 Aban/November 13 The AP is reporting that the son of Mohsen Rezaei, who ran against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential election, apparently committed suicide in a Dubai hotel (photo and video via Iranian.com).

A Dubai police official said the body, with a slit left wrist, was found late Friday by hotel staff in an 18th floor room.

[T]he Iranian website Tabnak, which is close to conservative Mohsen Rezaei, said that the politician's son Ahmad Rezaei died in Dubai's Gloria Hotel. It called the death "suspicious," but offered no other details.

Prior to his return to Iran in 2005, Ahmad Rezaei had lived in the United States and openly criticized Tehran's rulers [see video above]. This put his father, a conservative closely associated with clerical hard-liners, in an awkward political position.

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According to Press TV, the English-language subsidiary of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has rejected reports that the explosion Saturday at a Guard facility that killed at least 17 people was a deliberate act:

Head of the IRGC Public Relations Department Lieutenant General Ramezan Sharif said on Sunday that investigations to determine the main cause of the incident are underway and that the public will be informed of the findings.

Sharif also ruled out the possibility of acts of sabotage being behind the blast. [...]

Initial reports had cited "relocation of ammunition" as being behind the explosion.

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In an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the Islamic Republic has compromised as much as it is going to over its nuclear program. As reported by AFP,

"I think there's no more point in making additional concessions," he [said.]

"The nuclear question is just a pretext to weaken us by all means," he added.

Salehi rejected an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report released Tuesday citing "credible" evidence that Iran had worked towards nuclear weapons, saying the Vienna-based agency had given up its "earlier objectivity."

He said IAEA head Yukiya Amano was headed for hard times.

"We will call him and the atomic energy authority to account for these conclusions," he warned.

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