Death of Seyed Ali Mousavi

Seyed Ali Mousavi was the nephew of the 2009 Iranian presidential candidate and opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi.[1] Ali Mousavi died on December 27, 2009 during the 2009 Iranian election protests when he was reportedly shot in either the back or the chest by security forces during demonstrations against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's contested election win.[2] It was reported by abc news that before Seyed Ali Mousavi was killed, he got run over by a vehicle.[3] According to france 24, reformist website Parlemannews claimed that Moussavi’s nephew died in the hospital after he was shot in the chest.[4] However, according to the times, Mousavi’s nephew died prior to arriving at the hospital. [5]

Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the official spokesman of Mir-Hossein Moussavi's campaign abroad, told BBC in an interview that Iranian secret police had called Seyed Ali Mousavi several times days before he was shot saying: "We will kill you."[6]

After he died, his body was taken to Ebn-e Sina hospital, where protesters demonstrated outside. The protesters were broken up with tear gas by the Iranian security forces. It was later revealed that the government had removed his body and taken it to an undisclosed location in an attempt to crack down on the protests.[2][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Several killed, 300 arrested in Tehran protests CNN, December 28, 2009
  2. ^ a b Hardliners seize Mousavi corpse as Iran regime hits back, timesonline, December 29, 2009
  3. ^ "Protesters killed in Iran".
  4. ^ "Mousavi's nephew killed during protest, says opposition website".
  5. ^ "Seyed Ali Mousavi, opposition leader's nephew, may have been targeted".
  6. ^ Iran reformist Mousavi's nephew 'got death threats', bbc, 29 December 2009
  7. ^ SEVEN IRANIAN OPPOSITION LEADERS ARRESTED - SEYED ALI MOUSAVI’S BODY GOES MISSING, San Francisco Sentinel, 28 December 2009