Monday, April 12, 2004

Gya: Iran's upset over missing cleric

Iran's Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi, has expressed concern about the abduction of Iranian cleric, Mohammad Hassan Ebrahimi, two Fridays ago by armed men who shot and injured his colleague in the process.

A report carried yesterday by the Agence France Presse said that Kharrazi discussed the issue in a recent telephone conversation with his Guyanese counterpart.

"We are worried about the kidnapping of an Iranian religious scholar and researcher in Guyana. We want the necessary action to be taken to release him as soon as possible and for the abductors to be prosecuted," the AFP quoted the minister as saying in the Iranian capital Tehran.

A team of policemen, on Thursday morning, raided and interrogated staff members of the ISA Islamic School in East Street, Georgetown, in what proved to be a futile search for the abducted Iranian.

Officials of the Guyana Islamic Trust (GIT) have since condemned the move and threatened legal action while denying any insinuations of conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Guyana.
Sometimes a denial is as good as an assertion of fact. Iran is very good at funding and fostering strife -- a la Muqty in Iraq. Is that why this guy was killed?

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