0508 GMT April 22, 2021
The statement, issued on Tuesday, came a few days after Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said the main element who had made the arrangements for Fakhrizadeh’s assassination has been identified as a former employee of the Armed Forces, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces made it clear in the statement that the person cited by the intelligence minister had been undergoing training in the Iranian year 1393 (2014-2015), but was fired from the Armed Forces in the same year due to ethical problems and addiction.
Moreover, the statement added, that person never joined the Armed Forces formally and was discharged from the military during training courses.
Since the individual had been totally disconnected from the Armed Forces after expulsion in 1393, the person had no military status, and dealing with the security crimes committed in that case is within the purview of the Intelligence Ministry, like other ordinary citizens, the statement added.
Fakhrizadeh, a senior nuclear and defense scientist, was assassinated in a small city east of the Iranian capital of Tehran on November 27.
In a message after the incident, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on all relevant administrators to “investigate this crime and firmly prosecute its perpetrators and its commanders” and “to continue the martyr’s scientific and technological efforts in all the sectors where he was active”.