Tehran Insists Iranians Kidnapped in Lebanon are in Israel

Published July 3rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Tehran Monday repeated charges that four Iranians kidnapped in Lebanon 18 years ago were being held in Israel, with foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi saying, "Iran holds the Zionist regime responsible for their fate". 

Accusing the Israelis of trying to cover up the kidnapping, Asefi called on the Lebanese government and international organizations to press for their release. 

The four disappeared during the Lebanese civil war. Eight years later Samir Geagea, head of the pro-Israel Lebanese Forces militia, said they had been killed on the orders of the group's intelligence chief, Elie Hobeika. 

They were Mohsen Mussavi, charg d'affaires at the Lebanese embassy in Beirut, Ahmad Motevasselian, another diplomat, Taqi Rastegar-Moqaddam, the embassy driver, and Kazem Akhavan, a photographer with the Iranian state news agency IRNA -- TEHRAN (AFP) 


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