TerrorismCourt hearing over the assassination of Mohammad-Hossein
Naqdi, representative of the NCRI in Italy, ended its second session in
Rome’s Criminal Court on May 30.
The prosecutor briefly read out the indictment and explained the role
of the clerical regime in assassination of its opponents in other
countries including Germany, Switzerland and France.
Carlo Tavermina, one of the defense lawyers said that the main reason
for Naqdi to be a target was his extensive activities to expose human
rights violations in Iran and terrorism by Tehran regime.
Mrs. Ferminia Morouni, widow of the late Naqdi said to the court that
her husband departed from the regime for its shocking abuses of human
rights and increasing pressures on political refugees and activists.
She added that Naqdi was threatened repeatedly either by telephone or
directly by agents of the regime and he reported to Italian officials
but they never took him seriously. She emphasized that he was a victim
of appeasement policy towards the clerical regime which provided its
terrorist agents the opportunity to commit this criminal act.
Italian dailies reported the court hearing and Il Tempo newspaper, May
31, carried Ferminia Morouni’s accounts of her husbands last days and
wrote: “A few days before his assassination when we were walking in the
street in the evening we both noticed there were two men with strange
beards like members of the Hizbollah. This caused concern for both of
us until it was March 16, 1993. On that day he appeared as if he did
not want to leave home. It was 8:30 in the morning and I asked him what
was the matter and he said nothing and left. An hour later at 9:30 I
received the news of his assassination. Two armed men shot him in his
Next hearing will be held on July 15.