Iran says Neda Killing Case of 'Mistaken Identity'
The killing of Neda Agha-Soltan this past week, which was captured on video, has caused shock and outrage throughout the world. Neda means "voice" or "calling" in Persian, and she's now become the "voice of Iran," and a symbol of the revolution now taking place.
The Islamic Republic News Agency is now saying her killing may be a case of "mistaken identity."
Iran said the gunman who killed Neda Agha-Soltan may have mistaken her for the sister of an Iranian "terrorist," the Islamic Republic News Agency reported Wednesday.
Iran blamed the death of the woman known to the world simply as Neda squarely on "those groups who want to create division in the nation," saying they planned the woman's killing "to accuse the Islamic republic of ruthlessly dealing with the opposition," according to IRNA, Iran's state-run news agency.
The report said the investigation into her death is ongoing, "but according to the evidence so far, it could be said that she was killed by mistake. The marksmen had mistaken her for the sister of one of the Monafeghin who had been executed in the province of Mazandaran some time ago."
In accordance with Persian tradition, the family had put up a mourning announcement and attached a black banner to the building.
But the police took them down, refusing to allow the family to show any signs of mourning. The next day they were ordered to move out. Since then, neighbours have received suspicious calls warning them not to discuss her death with anyone and not to make any protest.
"I am personally prepared to legally represent her family against the people who ordered the shooting and those who fired at her. "This act was against the law.
"Neda had not participated in the rally but, even if she had, they did not have the right to shoot her."