Iran’s newly elected president stole the land of a neighbor 18 years ago, according to the Ammariyon media outlet.
The report, which was published before Hassan Rohani was elected president last month, was removed from the Islamic Republic’s website after the election.
According to the report, which was covered by many other outlets and is still available online, municipal officials approached a property owner in northern Tehran 18 years ago and told him his property was suited for Rohani, who at the time was the representative of the supreme leader to the Supreme National Security Council.
Ultimately the owner, having no choice, was paid less than the negotiated amount, which at the time was equivalent to $1 million.
The house was then put under the names of Rohani’s three daughters, but since it had only a six-car parking area and Rohani wanted more space, the owner, in a complaint to municipal officials, said Rohani asked him if he could park his other cars on the neighbor’s adjoining land for two months as a favor.
The owner, Koochak Yazdi, agreed and six cars, mostly new, were then parked on his lot. But the two months turned into 10 years, during which time the cars were never moved. Yazdi claimed that on three occasions he told Rohani he needed his lot as he had plans to construct a five-story building on it, but he got no reply.
The owner’s complaint said he was later confronted by 30 to 40 people, along with Rohani’s son, and was told that the land belongs to them and they assaulted him.
The owner said he then realized that Rohani’s original intention was to take over the land, not just to park the family’s cars, and that Rohani even informed the Tehran municipality that his family owned the adjacent land.
Yazdi said in the report that if Rohani would treat him as he did, then he could not be a good president in serving the people.
Rohani attributed his June 15 victory to the 12th Imam, Mahdi: “This political (election) was due to the kindness of the last Islamic messiah (Mahdi).”
He later said he saw the hand of the 12th Imam in his victory.
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The Shiites believe that at the end of times, the 12th Imam, a 9th-century prophet, will reappear with Jesus Christ at his side, kill all the infidels and raise the flag of Islam in all four corners of the world.
Rohani, a Shiite Islamic scholar, attended religious seminaries in the city of Qom, the hotbed of radical clerics. He has served the Islamic Republic at the highest levels since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, among them as the deputy speaker of parliament, the head of the Executive Committee of the High Council for War Support during the Iran-Iraq War, the deputy to the second-in-command of Iran’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (1988-89), a member of the Expediency Council, a member of the Assembly of Experts (the body that chooses the supreme leader), a former nuclear negotiator and, most importantly, the representative of the supreme leader to the Supreme National Security Council (1989 to present).
Despite hopes for a negotiated solution by the West over Iran’s illicit nuclear program and a change of behavior by the regime with this change of a president, Rohani after the election affirmed support for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah in what he called “confronting the Zionist regime.”
The United States and its allies are seeking direct talks and multilateral talks over the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, although last Wednesday an Iranian lawmaker, Mohammad Esmaili, said Iran’s nuclear activity is irreversible.