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Tehran claims Neda's killer is at large in UK

Tehran claims Neda's killer is at large in UK
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A young woman lies bleeding to death on the streets of Tehran. Last June Neda Agha-Soltan was in the vicinity of a protest against what the Iranian opposition calls the fraudulent reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She was shot in the chest.

It is alleged her killer is either a member of Iran’s Basij militia or a police marksman. However, the Iranian authorities deny any involvement in her death.

Mohammad Javad-Larijani, the head of the Iranian Human Rights Council, spoke to euronews.

“With all the information that we have, the person responsible for that criminal act right now is walking in a European capital, with full support,” he said. “We asked them for extradition to Iran – they refused that.

Euronews: But the video shocked millions of people in western countries.

Larijani: It shocked millions of people in Iran as well. Who did it? This is a big question. A guy came in the night before this crime and flew back to the capital of a European country the day after, with the whole movie with him. So I think he is the key person. He knows all the information. And the United Kingdom is in charge of that. They are responsible. They should put that person into full interrogation. He holds the key for that crime.”

When contacted by euronews, the British Home Office refused to comment on whether Iran had submitted an extradition request for the suspect.

Following Neda’s death the Iranian government forbade a planned memorial and warned mosques in Tehran not to hold services in her honour.

In December, 2009, the family of Neda accused the authorities of killing their daughter on British media, while Tehran blamed a “conspiracy of western governments.”