The Manager of the “Barresihaye Eghtesadi” (Economic Studies) Magazine said that Farshid Hakki, a lawyer and Scientific Advisor to the magazine was stabbed and burned. Dr. Farshid Hakki was also a candidate for the Tehran City Council.
“Dr. Farshid Hakki was attacked near his home by unknown assailers and after being stabbed a number of times, his body was burned,” Abdolreza Davari, who was also former Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Press Advisor announced on Twitter.
“1. Dr. Farshid Hakki went missing on October 17. 2. On Saturday night, his family is informed about the condition of his body; Knife wounds and the burning of the body. 3. At the same time, his family is banned from doing interviews ‘so that the murders don’t escape,’” he said in a later tweet on October 22.
Dr. Farshid Hakki was also a member of the “Sedaye Paye Ab” environmental campaign in support of Zagros Mountain and was the author of a number of books including “Human Rights for All”, and “The Political Economy of Human Rights.”
According to other sources, he was also a defender of child laborers, the homeless and political prisoners. His name could be seen under letters of support for political prisoners such as Abdolfateh Soltani, Iranian human rights lawyer and recently executed Kurd prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi.
State-run media identified the death of the economist as suicide and self-immolation going as far as stating that according to his family, he had on many occasions expressed grievances over the family’s financial condition and had “announced a number of times his decision to end his life”.
“Therefore, in light of the evidence, facts and documentation, and also according to the Medical Examiner’s Office, any kind of crime in the death of the deceased is rejected,” Tasnim state-run News Agency wrote.
Yesterday, ILNA state-run News Agency also stated that according to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Dr. Hakki self-immolated in a report that was identical to Tasnim’s.
A few hours later, the News Agency denied that the Medical Examiner’s Office had confirmed the suicide.
“After reports were published on comments made by the Medical Examiner’s Office regarding the burnt body of a man in a vehicle which belonged to a person identified as Farshid Hakki, the Medical Examiner’s Office announced that it has not commented on this case,” ILNA wrote.
“Any conclusion or findings on the reason behind the death will be announced to the judge presiding on the case,” the news agency added.
Today, the Tehran Chief of Police also came to the scene and reiterated that Dr. Hakki had committed suicide emphasizing that the Medical Examiner had announced that he had self-immolated.
Hossein Rahimi also threatened those who were saying that Farshid Hakki was murdered.
“These measures are (considered as) ‘instigating public
Although details on the murder of Dr. Hakki are still not clear, Iranians on social media are putting the blame on the Iranian regime, as the government is known for killings dissidents.
From 1988 to 1998, the Chain Murders of Iran saw the death of 80 writers, translators, poets, political activists, and ordinary citizens. The deaths were widely blamed on the Iranian regime as the victims had all been critical of the Islamic Republic system in some way. The murders are said to be “still shrouded in secrecy”.
Though many details are vague in the case, what is clear from official reports and statemenets is that the government is trying to hide something at a time when it is surrounded by calamities of every kind.