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TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a probe into the death of Neda Agah-Soltan, a woman whose killing during a protest rally in Tehran generated an international outcry.

“Given the many fabricated reports around this heartbreaking incident and the widespread propaganda by the foreign media… it seems there is clear interference by the enemies of Iran who want to misuse the situation politically and tarnish the clean image of the Islamic republic,” he said in a letter to judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

“Therefore I am asking you to order the judicial authorities to probe the killing of this woman with utmost seriousness and identify and prosecute the elements behind the killing,” he said in the letter published by the ISNA news agency.

Neda became an icon for the opposition which is protesting Ahmadinejad’s re-election, after an Internet video showing her final moments was seen around the world.

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