News ID: 218220
Published: 0208 GMT July 13, 2018

Amir-Entezam, former Iranian deputy PM, dies at 86

Amir-Entezam, former Iranian deputy PM, dies at 86

Abbas Amir-Entezam, former Iranian deputy prime minister died on July 12 at the age of 86, state media reported.

His wife, Elaheh Amir-Entezam, told IRNA that he died after going into convulsion due to the illnesses he was suffering.



Amir-Entezam was in poor health following his years in prison and died following a “cardiac arrest.” He had spent decades in prison after being found guilty of espionage and treason shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

He was a deputy prime minister and government spokesman in the provisional government headed by Mehdi Bazargan after the revolution that overthrew the former shah of Iran. But he opposed moves to turn the state into an Islamic republic.

The government sent him to Sweden as an ambassador, but he was later recalled, arrested, and sentenced to life in prison in 1981 for spying for the United States.

After serving a 17-year sentence, he was arrested again in 1998 after making critical statements about the former head of the Evin prison in Tehran.


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