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Iran: Ahmadinejad’s Communications and Technology Minister, member of a terrorist hit squad

Mohammad Soleymani Ahmadinejad's Communications and Technology Minister-designate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Communications and Technology Minister-designate Mohammad Soleymani has a long record in terrorist operations against Iranian dissidents abroad.

In January 1983, Soleymani was dispatched along with an especially trained Revolutionary Guards 14-member hit squad to France. The group’s mission was to attack the residence of Iranian Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi, who was based in the northern Paris suburb of Auvers-sur-Oise at the time.

On January 8, 1983, while on reconnaissance mission in the area, Soleymani and the cultural attaché of the Iranian regime’s embassy in Paris were arrested by the police guarding Mr. Rajavi’s residence. They were filming the residence and different access points. The arrests foiled the assassination plot.

Thirteen of the proposed 21 cabinet ministers have long records in the IRGC, Ministry of Defense and related organs. Davoud Danesh-Jafari, Hossein Saffar Harandi, Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, Seyyed Mehdi Hashemi, Mohammad Jahromi, Masoud Mir-Kazemi, Seyyed Parviz Fattah, Mohammad Saidi-Kia, Mohammad-Reza Eskandari, Mohammad Rahmati, Alireza Tahmasebi, Mohammad Soleymani and Alireza Ali-Ahmadi, nominated for ministries of Economy and Finance, Culture and Islamic Guidance, Defense, Welfare and Social Security, Labor and Social Affairs, Commerce, Energy, Housing, Agricultural Jihad (Construction), Transport, Industries and Mines, Communications and Technology, and Cooperatives, were former IRGC commanders and officers or worked in related agencies.

Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Eje’i and Ali Karimi Rad, proposed for the Interior, Intelligence and Justice Ministries, have long records in the Intelligence Ministry and the Judiciary and played a direct role in the torture and execution of tens of thousands of political prisoners from the Mojahedin and other dissident groups. Foreign Minister-designate, Manouchehr Mottaki played a critical role in exporting fundamentalism and terrorism, and especially in the assassination of dissidents, whether as Tehran’s ambassador to Turkey, or as a Foreign Ministry official and the deputy to the Islamic Culture and Communications Organization.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 24, 2005