Killer of Iranian Protestor Neda Soltan Revealed on Internet

August 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A disturbing and heart wrenching video capturing the death of the sweet-faced Iranian protester Neda Soltan, who had just been shot in the chest by a soldier of the pro-government militia, became a symbol for the brutality and corruption of the regime of President Ahmadinejad. And now the identity of her killer has been revealed, as a Basij militiaman, named Abbas Kargar Javid, after images of his ID cards were posted on the Internet.

As the 27-year-old aspiring musician, Neda Soltan lay dying on the streets of Tehran, amid demonstrations protesting the fraudulent presidential election, an Iranian doctor attended to her. The Basij militiaman, who had just shot her, was on a motorcycle shouting, “I didn’t want to kill her. I didn’t want to kill her. I meant to shoot her in the leg.”

The protesters caught up with the Basij killer, as he tried to flee and removed his ID cards. Photos of Javid’s ID cards have now appeared on the Internet, putting pressure on Iranian leaders to take action against Javid. The Iranian government has claimed that the CIA or hostile foreign governments were responsible for her death.

Dr Hejazi, an Iranian citizen and student at Oxford Brookes University in Britain, was visiting Tehran when the demonstrations broke out and tried to save Soltan by by trying to stop her bleeding with his bare hands. Hejazi confirmed that the photo of Abbas Kargar Javid on his ID cards is the same Basij that he saw that day stopped by protesters. “I can testify for certain that it is the same person,” Arash Hejazi told The Times.

“‘Dr Hejazi said that some of the crowd wanted to lynch him but others were saying: “We’re not killers. Don’t harm him.” All agreed that there was no point in handing him over to the police, so they took his identification cards and let him go.”‘

Dr Hejazi has since fled Iran and returned to Britain. He is afraid to return home, because it’s certain he and his family would face prosecution. Brigadier-General Esmail Ahmadi- Moqaddam, the police chief of Iran has accused Dr Hejazi of conspiring with the Islamic Republic’s foreign enemies.

Meanwhile, Neda Soltan continues to be a martyr and an enduring symbol to the protest movement against the Iranian regime of Ahmadinejad.

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