Bonus Material: Publisher Confirms ID of Neda’s Alleged Killer

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

It has been nearly six weeks since doctor and publisher Arash Hejazi tried to save the life of Neda Agha Soltan after she was shot during protests in Tehran on June 20. Since then the Iranian Police have been seeking Hejazi for questioning, even claiming that Interpol was involved (something Interpol denies). Despite being forced into exile in the UK, Hejazi continues to seek justice for Neda’s death.

Last month, Hejazi confirmed that images of the ID cards that were published on the Internet “completely matches the particulars that I recall of the individual who was seized by people a few minutes after Neda was shot, and who was shouting ‘I didn’t mean to kill her.'”

But, as Hejazi writes on his own blog: “However, on that day, his beard had been shaved off, but he had his mustache. But in order to be 100% certain, since sometimes an innocent person is wrongly accused, we should consider another form of proof about this individual.”

He adds, “Please note: I have only identified the owner of the photos. I can’t confirm his personal details. Furthermore, don’t discount the possibility of human error. I hope that this information can help in bringing this case to justice, and likewise I call on my fellow-citizens to avoid all violence. This information is valuable insofar as it assists in the arrest of this individual. As for the rest, let the law take its course. This individual has the right to be fortunate enough to select an attorney and to defend himself. When people take the law into their own hands, they can cause unintended harm [literally “burn both the good and the bad together.”]

Again, I emphasize: do not allow anger to stain your honor in any way.”

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.