Suspicions raised over Rafsanjani’s death 2

Mahdi Khazali is a publisher, physician, blogger, and son of a leading right-wing cleric and former Council of Guardians member, Abolghasem Khazali, says, regarding his suspicions about the death of Hashemi Rafsanjani, “Who wrote this patient’s death certificate in the hospital?  As a doctor, I should say there is no doctor that has the authorization or right to write a death certificate for the patient.”

Khazali says, “Let’s clarify the reasons: firstly,  if a patient  is brought to hospital and dies in the first 24 hours then we, as doctors, do not have right to  write and issue death certificates, [since] maybe the cause of the death is  the result of  poisonings or something else. Thus, the body must first be transferred to the pathologist, who can ascertain and explain the cause of death. Nobody else can do so.”

He adds, “Secondly, unless they brought the body [Rafsanjani’s body] to the hospital, which doctor could have identified the cause of death when the body had no vital signs, electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG),   and heartbeat unless they might have had foreknowledge [said sarcastically]?  I can tell it that there is no doctor who can determine the cause of death only by looking at the body, and anyone making such a claim, that they can figure out the cause of death, is simply a liar. Hence, you only could go to a pathologist.”

He continues, “You [senior regime officials] are kidding with people and saying that his death [Rafsanjani’s] is as a result of cardiac arrest. Well, everyone after death, his or her heart would stop. Be certain, when you execute someone then his heart would be stopped. You have found a dead body – how did you figure out that he has suffered a heart attack? Who is the physician that said his death was because of a heart attack? Only a forensic pathologist could determine and confirm that he died as a result of cardiac failure and whether blood had reached the heart muscles or not.  Alternatively, he might have died as a result of a stroke caused by cerebral hemorrhage or maybe a brain clot. Therefore, tell us who did you find out the cause of his death? This is the second lie.”


Khazali also says, “You are aggressively seeking to keep a lid on this and cover things up and prevent the discovery of the real cause of his death. There is no doctor who could be persuaded to issue a death certificate in such circumstances. Why did the judicial system have to intervene and come to the hospital demanding doctors issue a death certificate for him? You do not have any rights to enforce such as request.  Next, if a patient died because of sports accident in swimming is the worst one of such incidents; in this situation, we doctors have been notified that the patient has died. We doctors do not have right to write and issue a death certificate for him and his dead body must be referred to a pathologist.  So, in his case [Rafsanjani, who reportedly died while swimming], we have the same situation. (2:47”) If the death is suspicious then we do not have the right to issue a death certificate. We still have regulations that stipulate that those people and individuals who are at risk, if they died then their body must be sent to a pathologist. However, none of these happened then or later.”



Khazali adds, “Next, basically they should say that the regime supposedly did not want to bury him till the cause of death was clarified.  And if I, personally, were in the regime’s position, the regime should say ‘We suspect you’ [referring to officials close to Rafsanjani, as well as to his body guards].  And again, if I were in the regime’s ruling faction position, in order not to be subjected to questioning and criticism, the regime should say ‘We want the body to go to a pathologist’ because his bodyguards might have murdered him.”

He wonders, “Why didn’t this happen [i.e. why wasn’t the body sent to a pathologist for a post-mortem]? Why did nobody want his death to be referred to a pathologist? However, his family wanted that. Instead, they made the conditions harder for his family who wished the body to go to a pathology lab by saying if we want to do this, and then we have to take out his heart, lungs, stomach, livers as well as some parts of his small and large intestines.”

Khazali says, “In response, his family said we know what had happened to our father. We do not see the need to take our father’s body to pieces and then be informed of the cause of his death when we know it [the cause of death] already. And after that, let’s supposed we were been informed of the cause of death, could we announce the real cause of his death while all of us are in serious danger? So under these circumstances, why should we take his dead body to pieces?  And the pain is here when someone gets up and says, ‘You are talking unduly because his family has chosen to be silent’.”

He continues, “Yes indeed his family’s case   resembles the fate of the family of Hassan Lahouti, whose political era began before the emergence of the Mullah’s revolution; he [Lahouti] was the one who founded the Revolutionary Guards corps, was founded the committees, the one who was along with Imam Khomeini, the one who was the imam who led Friday prayers in Rasht city.”

Then adds, “Two of Lahouti’s sons, Said and Hamid, were married to two daughters of Hassan Hashemi Rafsanjani, Fatemeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, and Faezah Hashemi Rafsanjani. Well, these two of his sons were doctors, as well as being sons-in-law of Hashemi Rafsanjani. Lahouti was also a Member of Parliament”.  (5:10”) “On October 25, 1981, Vahid Lahouti, the son of Hassan Lahouti, was arrested by regime authorities on charges of having ties to the  MKO [People’s Mujahedin,  Iranian opposition movement], then on October 27, 1981 by order of the Head of the Majlis [the Iranian parliament whose name I don’t want to mention, Hassan Lahouti was arrested and taken to Ervin Prison. Half an hour after his entry to Ervin Prison, they [regime officials] declared he had died of a heart attack.” “The exact same way they claimed that Hashemi Rafsanjani has died of heart attack.

Khazali ends, “Hassan Lahouti, a 54-year-old, entered Ervin prison and then they claimed he died of heart attack. His family members, including his two sons (Said and Hamid) who are Hashemi Rafsanjani’s sons-in-law,  did not even hold a mourning ceremony for their father or say anything. This means they stayed silent and patient for 35 years. Thus as same as this family.  O people do not wait for Hashemi Rafsanjani’s family members to say something because he was the model of patience.”