Iranian reformist former minister stabbed

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The Independent Online

A reformist former government minister was severely wounded in a knife attack at his office in a Tehran university yesterday, Iranian news agencies said.

An opposition website, Jaras, described Ahmad Motamedi as the "green professor", suggesting that he supported the opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, whose followers adopted the colour in last year's disputed presidential election. Mr Motamedi was telecommunications minister during the second four-year term of the 1997-2005 presidency of Mohammad Khatami, himself a ally of Mr Mousavi.