Page last updated at 10:11 GMT, Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Four arrested after Iran prosecutor assassinated


Four people have been arrested after an Iranian state prosecutor was shot dead outside his home in northern Iran.

Vali Hajgholizadeh, who officials say had a reputation for fighting corruption, was killed in the town of Khoy near the Turkish border.

Local officials said a Kurdish separatist group had claimed responsibility for the killing.

The region has been the scene of frequent clashes with Kurdish groups who want to establish their own state.

Two gunmen opened fire on Mr Hajgholizadeh outside his house late on Monday, and he died of his wounds in hospital.

The Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK), a Kurdish militant group based in Iraqi Kurdistan claimed it carried out the attack, local government official Fakhrali Nikbakht told the Mehr News agency.

Four men were arrested on Tuesday, but no details have been given about their identities.

The Iranian state Press TV station reported Mr Hajgholizadeh had received death threats in the last few days.

A spokesman for the regional governor paid tribute to Mr Hajgholizadeh, saying he "had a brilliant record in battling land grabbing, moral corruption, and counter-revolutionaries".

PJAK was formed in 2004 and is affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Print Sponsor

Iran 'executes Kurdish activist'
11 Nov 09 |  Middle East
Iraq's other Kurdish rebel group
19 Dec 07 |  Middle East
Iran shuts border with north Iraq
24 Sep 07 |  Middle East
Death verdicts for Iran reporters
31 Jul 07 |  Middle East
Iran Kurds quit parliament
30 Sep 01 |  Middle East

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

FROM OTHER NEWS SITES Iran suspects Kurdish rebels in prosecutor killing - 18 hrs ago
Reuters Canada Iran official says Kurdish guerrillas claim killing - 20 hrs ago
Washington PostIran says arrests 4 suspects in prosecutor's killing - 24 hrs ago
France24 Iran arrests four after prosecutor assassinated - 24 hrs ago Gunmen in Iran Assassinate Prosecutor - 26 hrs ago
* Requires registration

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific