June 29th, 2009
10:33 AM ET

Ahmadinejad says Neda's death is 'suspicious'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/29/iran.neda.ahmadinejad/art.neda.jpg caption="Neda Agha-Soltan has come to symbolize Iranian resistance to official election results."]


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday called the death of Neda Agha-Soltan "suspicious" and urged the country's authorities to identify those responsible for it, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday.

The 26-year-old's death has come to symbolize Iranian resistance to the government's official election results since it was captured on amateur video. Within hours of its being posted online June 20, she had become the iconic victim of the Iranian government crackdown.

But Iran has been pushing back against eyewitness reports that she was shot by pro-government Basij militiamen perched on a rooftop near a demonstration.

Ahmadinejad told the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, to probe the incident and make the results of his investigations public, Fars reported Monday, nine days after Agha-Soltan was killed.

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