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Criminal past of Ghafour Derjezi & his role in assassinating an Iran opposition envoy

The role of an IRGC member in assassinating Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, a former representative of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
The role of an IRGC member in assassinating Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, a former representative of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, May 8, 2019 - The remarks of Ali Daie, former head of the Saipa football club in Tehran, the capital of Iran, shed light on the criminal past of Ghafour Derjezi, a former member of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Daie revealed Derjezi has been using the forged name of Mostafa Modaber and cloaking his past and role in assassinating opposition figures, specifically Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, former representative of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Derjezi, also known as Amir Mansour Bozorgian, played a significant role in Naghdi’s assassination in Rome on March 16, 1994. Derjezi carried out this murder under the command of Hamid Abutalebi, Tehran’s then ambassador to Italy. Abutalebi is currently serving as an advisor to Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani.

The NCRI has called for the legal prosecution of Derjezi and Abutalebi in international courts.

Derjezi, currently going by the name of Mostafa Modabber, is the Director General of the Saipa sports club. As internal rifts inside Iran increase following Daie’s remarks, the true past of Derjezi and his role in the IRGC has been revealed for the public, placing even more pressure on this regime entity. The U.S. State Department recently designated the IRGC as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” (FTO).

In the early years after the mullahs hijacked the 1979 revolution, Derjuzi first served in Fort Ramadan of Kermanshah as an operative of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). He also played a role in the 1989 assassination of Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, an Iranian Kurdish dissident leader in Austria.

Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, initially serving as a member of Iran’s diplomatic team in Italy, resigned from his post in 1981, protesting the mullahs’ crimes. Naghdi joined the NCRI and following the death of regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini in 1988, now Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued an order calling for Naghdi’s assassination.

The mission to assassinate Nagdhi was issued to Ali Fallahian, then deputy MOIS chief, who thus ordered Hamid Abutalebi, the mullahs’ ambassador in Italy at the time, to carry out the attack.

Abutalebi established two teams for this mission, one to provide all the necessary logistics and the second to carry out the assassination. Ami Mansour Bozorgian (Derjezi) was appointed as commander of the logistics team. Furthermore, this individual was commanding the assassination operation at the scene. Following the planning and reconnaissance phases, Derjezi himself ordered the attacking team to open fire on the morning of March 16, 1994, murdering Naghdi as a result.

Derjezi returned to Iran and served in various administrative posts in the Secretariat office of the Supreme National Security Council; head of the regime’s state Radio/TV Organization’s security branch; head of the state Radio/TV Commerce Union; and director general of security matters overlooking the regime’s Majlis (parliament).

As rifts among regime officials in Iran expand, once again light is shed on the true and utterly criminal past of the regime’s IRGC members, who have resorted to changing their identities in order to reach higher posts in the mullahs’ hierarchy.

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