Veteran Iran revolutionary dies in car crash
TEHRAN, June 1 (Reuters) - A veteran Iranian revolutionary and former
member of parliament died in a car accident on Thursday, state radio reported.
Ali Akbar Aboutorabi, a veteran of the 1980-1988 war against Iraq, died
along with his father when their car crashed into a trailer truck near
Mashhad, a city in northeastern Iran.
Two other people were injured in the accident.
Aboutorabi had spent nearly a decade in captivity in Iraq and been a
close aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on prisoner of war
affairs since his release in the early 1990s.
He was also a deputy in the past two parliaments, advocating the interests
of the war veterans and loyalists of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Although a revolutionary, Aboutorabi largely stayed on the sidelines
of a power struggle between Iranian reformers and hardline conservatives.