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Doctor's Suspicious Death, Photo Sparks Protests

Iranian doctor Ramin Pourandarjani, who died on November 10
Iranian doctor Ramin Pourandarjani, who died on November 10

Drug Poisoning Cause Of Doctor's November Death

When Ramin Pourandarjani, the doctor at Kahrizak detention center, was reported dead on November 10 at age 26, the Nowrooz website reported that suspicious circumstances surrounded his death.

Today, Masoud Pezashkian, a member of the Parliament's Health Commission, said that forensic examiners have verbally announced that cause of Pourandarjani's death was drug poisoning. He added that the full written report will be handed to Parliament soon.

According to the Nowrooz website, Pourandarjani was the person who examined Mohsen Rouholamini, a prisoner who had died in Kahrizak, and was under pressure to say that Rouholamini died of meningitis. Pourandarjani had also served as a witness in Islamic court during the “Kahrizak Detention” case.

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Torn Khomeini Photo Causes Turmoil

Controversy has been building in Iran in the days since a video of someone, face obscured, tearing up a photograph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was broadcast on Iranian TV. Today, a group of government supporters held rallies in different cities of Iran in oppose to this video and what they have called “an insult to Imam Khomeini.” Radio Farda talks to Saeed Razavi-Faghih, a reformist journalist and political activist, about the controversy surrounding the video and its backlash.

Razavi-Faghih believes that these rallies were not held because of the video but rather to protest against the Green Movement in general. He points out that supporters of the Green Movement have also criticized this video and held different rallies during the week to show their respect to the founder of the Islamic Republic.

“The opposition leaders have asked for an official permission in order to hold a rally today, but the permission was not issued and therefore the Green Movement supporters did not attend this rally," he says.