Murder of a
Young Iranian at the Metro
seem to have many things in common. One of them seems to be the insatiable
enthusiasm of the offspring of those in power to openly and baldly flaunt
the most basic laws - Even if this means publicly taking an innocent
person’s life in cold blood. It’s
a reminder to the public that hey, there is one law for you and one law
for me, I am connected, I can get away with murder.
sons were a good example of such impudent offspring who committed crime
after crime. Uday beat up his father’s valet to death with a club, yet
he was spared justice because the victim’s parents appeared on Iraqi TV
saying their murdered son deserved it.
Appointed by his father as the head of the Olympics Committee, Uday
used his position to cane the soles of the Iraqi soccer team after they
lost a match! Uday also was reported to rape pretty girls he fancied at
random. The list goes on.
too has had its own share of audacious law breaking offspring who rely on
the protection of the powerful daddy and the family connections.
in the early days after the revolution, Ayatollah Montazeri’s son
brought the entire airport to a standstill by aiming his revolver at the
public and the officials who had dared to question him for smuggling
antique artefact in his luggage. The public gave him the nickname of
“Mammad Ringo” after a film character in the Wild West movies of the
years ago, Mohsen Fallahian, son of former intelligence minister Ali
Fallahian killed a police officer in the open.
The charges against Mohsen Fallahian, were however dropped claiming
that he had acted in self defence against the police officers!
the list goes on.
latest of such blatant crimes happened last week in the Islamic Republic.
The public witnessed a young 20 year old, Ali Ahmadipour, being murdered
in the Karaj Metro station in front of the commuters. The killer Asgar
Najafi, is a cleric and the director of the Law Enforcement Forces
training, as well as the political deputy of the Moral Guidance department
in the Law Enforcement Forces.
to the eye witness accounts, Najafi put his revolver against the young
victims’ temple. The young 20 year old Ali, his mother’s only child,
was holding a bag containing her medicine which he had just been sent to
buy. He was shaking and afraid, pleading with the cleric to spare his life
and let him take the medicine to his mom. Some people in the crowd
dared and pleaded with the cleric to spare the young man’s life.
‘Let him go, don’t kill him’ those who dared, begged the
cleric. Najafi however,
oblivious to the pleas of Ali and the crowd, and true to his Islamic
teachings about the worthlessness of a human life, was intent on showing
what he could get away with. Perhaps Ali’s desperate cries gave him even
more pleasure in carrying out what he was about to do.
pulled the trigger as if he was carrying out a routine every day task,
bang! Ali fell in a pool of blood in front of the startled eyes of the
commuters. Women and children going about their every day business
suddenly had to witness a heart wrenching scene which will last with them
mother who had toiled for twenty years raising her only child was now
without a son. Ali will no longer be there to get her medicine. She will
not see his only son wed and she will not take pleasure in watching her
grandchildren in the twilights of her life. All is gone by the
indifference of one man for human life, in clerical robes with a high
power job, family connections and the confidence that he can get away with
murder, even if witnessed by hundreds.
first public statement was made by Major Toorang, in charge of LEF Public
Relations. In a statement given to one of the
dailies, it confirmed the killing, saying “The attacker is a cleric and
a close relation of one of the presidential candidates” but the
statement did not reveal who the presidential candidate is and did not
attempt to justify the act.
the public outcry and the swift spread of the news by witnesses, the LEF
, Saeed Kasravi-Behrooz issued another statement attempting to justify the
attack and calm the brewing public outrage. The statement said “The
attacker who works for LEF, came across two youngsters who were fighting
on the platform, he attempted to carry out a body search on the victim but
the victim ran away and did not stop when the stop command was issued.”
statements by the authorities tried to tarnish the victims’ character by
saying he was a drug addict. But the victim’s mother, Parvaneh Bahari,
has vehemently denied this accusation and has refused to give permission
to bury his son, demanding an autopsy to confirm that Ali was no drug
authorities eager to tarnish the victim’s character then issued other
desperate statements, saying ‘The LEF officer, had noticed Ali flirting
and whistling at female commuters and had acted to protect them’.
public outcry continues however. Even if Ali was flirting with female
commuters, did he deserve to be shot in the head in public? The public
still remembers how only recently one of the accomplices of the hideous
Pakdasht murders of little children, was only sentenced by the Islamic
judiciary to a prison term. Could flirting and whistling be more
punishable than being an accomplice in killing children and selling their
the Islamic Republic which promised a just Utopia, justice is as
inconsistent as the morality of its privileged selected ones. The select
few who are profiting from the economic demise of the Iranian masses, the
select few who have no fear of the law, the select few who are chosen for
public office and who run the country like Mafia godfathers