By Eric Shawn, Liliana Faccioli Pintozzi
Published April 09, 2014
The man Iran intends to send to America as its new United Nations ambassador is accused of helping organize the political assassination of an Iranian dissident in Italy, but has never been charged by authorities.
Hamid Aboutalebi is at the center of a controversy over whether the Obama administration and the State Department will grant him a visa to come to the U.S.
He has been accused of being an accomplice in a brazen murder plot that killed a prominent Iranian government defector, Mohamed Hossein Naghdi, 42, who was shot dead in Rome as he was being driven to work on March 16, 1993.
“I think that Aboutalebi was involved in the death of my partner,” Naghdi’s companion of 17 years, Ferminia Moroni said. “All roads lead to the Iranian embassy in Rome and the ambassador.”
At the time of Naghdi’s murder, Aboutalebi had completed his stint as Iran’s ambassador to Italy.
“Hamid Aboutalebi definitely was not only involved in the political assassination of Naghdi, but he was actually the mastermind,” charges Alireza Jafarzadeh, the Washington, D.C. based Deputy Director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, also referred to as the MEK, the group for which Naghdi worked…