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August 14, 1991 | Associated Press
The day before the body of former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar was discovered, police briefly detained two Iranians now suspected in the killing, police sources said Tuesday. The two men--believed to be members of a hit squad sent to assassinate Bakhtiar--tried to enter Switzerland last Wednesday with forged visas. They were turned over to French authorities, who released them because they had valid French visas, according to French police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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December 7, 1994 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After hearing testimony linking the state of Iran to a worldwide terror network, a French court Tuesday convicted two Iranians of murder in the 1991 assassination of Shahpour Bakhtiar, one of the Tehran regime's political opponents. Ali Vakili Rad, 35, one of three men directly involved in the stabbing death of Bakhtiar and an aide in his Paris apartment, was sentenced to life in prison.
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August 9, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Shahpour Bakhtiar, the late Shah of Iran's exiled prime minister and an outspoken foe of Tehran's current government, and Bakhtiar's secretary were found stabbed to death Thursday near Paris despite heavy security, the French Interior Ministry said. There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but Iranian exiles blamed Tehran. Police said they were looking for three Iranians who had visited Bakhtiar on Wednesday night.
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December 26, 1991 | From Reuters
Iran said Wednesday that Swiss police have arrested a member of its embassy staff in Bern in connection with the assassination in Paris of former Iranian Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar. The Iranian Foreign Ministry demanded the man's immediate release and warned the Swiss government not to turn him over to France. A ministry spokesman, quoted by Tehran Radio, said charges of the man's involvement in Bakhtiar's murder at his home outside Paris last August are "absolutely false."
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October 24, 1991 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
France's efforts to normalize relations with Iran received a setback when a magistrate investigating the August assassination in Paris of former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar issued an arrest warrant for an Iranian government official implicated in the case. On Tuesday, Magistrate Jean-Louis Brugiere issued the warrant for the arrest of Hussein Sheikhattar as "an accomplice in murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist action."
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August 22, 1991 | from Reuters
A man believed to be one of three Iranians suspected of murdering former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar and his secretary was arrested in Geneva on Wednesday, according to Swiss police reports received here. Swiss police said they believe the arrested man is Ali Vakili Rad, one of the last three men known to have visited Bakhtiar at his Paris home on Aug. 6, the day of the killings. The detained man had no papers on him and further checks were being made, they said.
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December 7, 1994 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After hearing testimony linking the state of Iran to a worldwide terror network, a French court Tuesday convicted two Iranians of murder in the 1991 assassination of Shahpour Bakhtiar, one of the Tehran regime's political opponents. Ali Vakili Rad, 35, one of three men directly involved in the stabbing death of Bakhtiar and an aide in his Paris apartment, was sentenced to life in prison.
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August 9, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The release of British hostage John McCarthy in Beirut on Thursday was the result of kaleidoscopic political changes in the Middle East over the last year that are creating a new balance of power. But the reported abduction hours later of a French national in Lebanon and the assassination less than a day earlier of Iranian opposition leader Shahpour Bakhtiar in Paris underscore the volatility of that new order and the opposition to it, according to U.S. officials and Middle East analysts.
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December 26, 1991 | From Reuters
Iran said Wednesday that Swiss police have arrested a member of its embassy staff in Bern in connection with the assassination in Paris of former Iranian Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar. The Iranian Foreign Ministry demanded the man's immediate release and warned the Swiss government not to turn him over to France. A ministry spokesman, quoted by Tehran Radio, said charges of the man's involvement in Bakhtiar's murder at his home outside Paris last August are "absolutely false."
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August 28, 1991 | Reuters
An Iranian held in Geneva in connection with the killing of former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar was extradited to France on Tuesday, the Swiss Justice and Police Ministry said. Ali Vakili Rad was among the three last visitors received by Bakhtiar, who was found stabbed to death near Paris Aug. 6.
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October 24, 1991 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
France's efforts to normalize relations with Iran received a setback when a magistrate investigating the August assassination in Paris of former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar issued an arrest warrant for an Iranian government official implicated in the case. On Tuesday, Magistrate Jean-Louis Brugiere issued the warrant for the arrest of Hussein Sheikhattar as "an accomplice in murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist action."
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August 22, 1991 | from Reuters
A man believed to be one of three Iranians suspected of murdering former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar and his secretary was arrested in Geneva on Wednesday, according to Swiss police reports received here. Swiss police said they believe the arrested man is Ali Vakili Rad, one of the last three men known to have visited Bakhtiar at his Paris home on Aug. 6, the day of the killings. The detained man had no papers on him and further checks were being made, they said.
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August 14, 1991 | Associated Press
The day before the body of former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar was discovered, police briefly detained two Iranians now suspected in the killing, police sources said Tuesday. The two men--believed to be members of a hit squad sent to assassinate Bakhtiar--tried to enter Switzerland last Wednesday with forged visas. They were turned over to French authorities, who released them because they had valid French visas, according to French police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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August 9, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The release of British hostage John McCarthy in Beirut on Thursday was the result of kaleidoscopic political changes in the Middle East over the last year that are creating a new balance of power. But the reported abduction hours later of a French national in Lebanon and the assassination less than a day earlier of Iranian opposition leader Shahpour Bakhtiar in Paris underscore the volatility of that new order and the opposition to it, according to U.S. officials and Middle East analysts.
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August 9, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Shahpour Bakhtiar, the late Shah of Iran's exiled prime minister and an outspoken foe of Tehran's current government, and Bakhtiar's secretary were found stabbed to death Thursday near Paris despite heavy security, the French Interior Ministry said. There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but Iranian exiles blamed Tehran. Police said they were looking for three Iranians who had visited Bakhtiar on Wednesday night.
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July 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hundreds of inmates at prisons around France refused to return to their cells in a wave of protests against President Francois Mitterrand's pardon of five members of a pro-Iranian assassination team. Protests began erupting after Friday's pardon of Anis Naccache and four accomplices. He had served 10 years of a life sentence for the failed assassination in 1980 in Paris of Shahpour Bakhtiar, Iran's former prime minister. Two people were killed in the attack.
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July 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Anis Naccache, convicted of killing two people during a botched assassination attempt ordered by Iran, was freed by the French government today after spending 10 years in prison. The Justice Ministry said Naccache and four accomplices left France for Iran this afternoon after their release was ordered by President Francois Mitterrand. Naccache, whose release had been sought by several hard-line Arab leaders, went on a 19-week hunger strike ending in January in a bid to obtain his release.
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