Iran: Plot Uncovered

Confession before the camera

"I am shamed before the nation. Free I me or execute me." With that dramatic statement, former Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh confessed on Iranian television last week that he had participated in a plot to overthrow the government and assassinate its spiritual leader, the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini. Looking tired and drawn, Ghotbzadeh told a bizarre story in which he implicated an other powerful religious leader, the Ayatullah Seyed Kazem Shariatmadari. The plot purportedly called for Khomeini's house to be bombed or rocketed while he was meeting with...

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