Ex Iranian President Bani-Sadr dies in Paris at 88

Paris: Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, aged 88, who became Iran's first president after the 1979 Islamic revolution before fleeing into exile in France, passed on Saturday, October 9.  Bani-Sadr's official website shows he died at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris following a long illness. The statement is revealed by his wife and children. In announcing the death, his family said on his website that Bani-Sadr had "defended freedom in the face of new tyranny and oppression in the name of religion".

Bani-Sadr had emerged from obscurity to become Iran's first president in January 1980 with the help of the Islamic clergy. But after a power struggle with radical clerics, he fled the following year to France, where he spent the rest of his life, as per reports.

His family would like him to be buried in Versailles, the Paris suburb where he lived during his exile, his longstanding assistant, Paknejad Jamaledin, according to media reports.


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