Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Seeks Saudi protection

[April Fools]

al-Shargh al-Wasat: Former Iranian president Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has arrived in Jeddah and requested protection from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to official sources. "Ayatollah Rafsanjani is an honored guest of the Kingdom," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Qazi al-Makki. "As a distinguished Muslim statesman he is welcome to stay as long as he wishes." Rafsanjani was deposed from a key post on March 8th, diminishing his chances of becoming Supreme Leader in the event of Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei's death. Demonstrations have rocked the country since the disputed presidential elections in June 2009. Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Khmenei's favorite candidate, was declared the winner but his rivals Mir Hussein Musavi and Ayatollah Mahdi Karrubi claim the result was rigged. Supporters of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad have accused Rafsanjani of secretly siding with the opposition and betraying the Supreme Leader.



April's fool ! or doroghe

by Khebedin on

April's fool ! or doroghe sizdah. Noting more


Pretty Crappy April Fools' Day

by aaminian on

The PS was done by an amateur, whoever the 5#$k KB is!



by yolanda on

This news has not made into mainstream news media yet!

Well, later if he changes his mind......he can say that he got kidnapped like Shahram Amiri KSA!




He has been toeing the line on both sides.  He was not in danger and had no reason to leave his good life. 


Faramarz - very funny

by MM on

Two youtube subscribers just provided subtitles for the leaked video:

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MrSaboth 10 minutes ago: I've figured it out. They were going to a party together, and realized they both dressed the same, and they were discussing which one should change outfits.


Whether April, 1st or not

by afyoun on

Why is it always about politics ..., he is just asking protection against STDs. Weekend and all ... don't you reckon?


I was thinking that this would happen

by asadabad on

I wouldn't be surprised if it really happened.  As you know, Rafsanjani had close relations with KSA during the 1990s.  Crown Prince Abdullah visited Iran during the OIC conference when Rafsanjani was in power. 


Behind the Closed Door Meeting!

by Faramarz on

Wiki Leaks just released the clip of the secret meeting at Abdulah's palace!




Silly April Fools

by fussygorilla on

Just look how many delusionars fell for it.  Rafsanjani "most probably" is a crook but not a traitor. The joke is on the one who posted this trash.

Soosan Khanoom

: )

by Soosan Khanoom on

it sounds AL reliable AL it can be  . lol

Jahanshah Javid

I don't know

by Jahanshah Javid on

al-Shargh al-Wasat is a pretty reliable source.


Haahahahah April fools day.

by pedro on

He is never going to leave the country alive.  

I am Persia. I pray to Ahoura Mazda.


Veeeery Good!

by AghaReza on

I nearly fell for it.

areyo barzan

Was it Khamene-e Or Rafsanjanee

by areyo barzan on

It seems Rafsanjani in warring Khamene 's Black Abba (Rope) in this photo instead of his own usual brown one.

so either he has become seyyed or he stole the one from Ali gedaa. But I think this is a bad counterfeit :-). Happy April fool


Artificial Intelligence

April fools?

by Artificial Intelligence on

i can't believe this!


Mr. Kadivar

by deev on

at last you posted a good link ;)
been wanting to read the forbes article forever...

also this is huge news, fleeing one dictator for another is genius!

Soosan Khanoom

Are you serious ?

by Soosan Khanoom on

requested protection from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia !!!!


Darius Kadivar

Valy Fekr Nakoneed keh Khengeemo nafahmeedeem ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on


April fools

by KingReza on

nice one JJ

Darius Kadivar

It's Good to be the King ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on