Interior Minister hospitalised after fistfight with Khomeini grandson

Tehran, Jun. 06 – Iran’s Interior Minister was hospitalised following a fistfight with a grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and another top official, a website close to the Revolutionary Guards reported on Saturday.

During Khomeini’s death anniversary commemoration on Friday, a scuffle broke out between Khomeini’s grandson Hassan and Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar. Hassan Khomeini was angry over the fact that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had taken his turn and spoken longer that had been planned, thereby leaving little time for the younger Khomeini to speak.

Mohammad-Najjar defended the decision, which led to a shouting match between the two. Mohammad Ali Ansari, the event’s coordinator, intervened, siding with Hassan Khomeini. Javan Online, affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), reported that Khomeini had slapped Mohammad-Najjar in the face three times and punched him in the nose, which was broken, requiring surgery. The Interior Minister is currently receiving treatment in Tehran’s Chamran Hospital.

Ansari also caused a storm when he repeatedly went on to the stage while Ahmadinejad was making his address in an effort to force him to cut his speech short but was at one point ticked off by the President for being disrespectful.

Mohammad-Najjar, an IRGC Brigadier General, was Defence Minister during Ahmadinejad’s first term in office. He was the first commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ Midd… >>>

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