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Rafsanjani died in mysterious circumstances, says his daughter

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away at the age of 82 at a hospital in Tehran on Sunday [Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency]
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who passed away at the age of 82 at a hospital in Tehran in January 2017 [Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency]

The daughter of former Iranian President and chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died aged 83 on 8 January, has said that the reasons given for her father's death are still ambiguous.

Fatima Rafsanjani told Iran's news agency, ISNA, on Sunday that the "evidence submitted by the doctors" about her father's death "is not convincing and opposed to what she knows." She added that the statements of the health minister and several doctors who examined her father "were inaccurate and contradictory." She also stressed that her father was in good health before his death and he was examined by an experienced Iranian doctor who lives in the United States.

Iranian opposition Green Movement supporters stated that Rafsanjani might have been assassinated using biologically means because of his recent escalating problems with Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

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Journalist RouhAllah Zim, who is close to the leaders of the Green Movement, told the Farsi-speaking Voice of America radio station that, "Rafsanjani was choked underwater in the pool when he went to the gym."

Mehdi Khozali, the son of the late Shia cleric Abul Qasim Khozali, said Rafsanjani's family members are under severe security pressures and they are not allowed to be interviewed about their father's death.

A statement by Iranian Health Minister Hassan Qazi Zada Hashemi has stirred controversy with his revelation that Rafsanjani's medical team was not with him when his health deteriorated so he was rushed to the hospital but it was too late.

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