The man accused of killing Neda Soltan has been identified as Abbas Kargar Javid, a pro-government militiaman, after photographs of the Basiji’s ID cards appeared on the internet.
The identification challenges the Iranian regime’s claim that foreign agents shot the young woman, who became a global symbol of resistance to the Government of President Ahmadinejad.
Soltan's June 20 shooting shocked the conscience of world leaders and millions more who watched videos posted online that showed her slowly bleeding to death.
One picture of Javid appears on his Basij identification card, which was taken off him by the crowd that stopped him briefly when he fled the murder scene during a massive demonstration against electoral fraud on June 20.
Photographs of that card and another that was issued by the Interior Ministry have been posted on the internet, and Arash Hejazi, the doctor who tried to save Soltan as she lay dying on a Tehran pavement, has confirmed that they show the man who was stopped.
Hejazi said that he had checked with others who witnessed Javid’s detention and they, too, had confirmed that it was the same man. He expressed disgust that a regime that had detained, tortured and killed so many peaceful demonstrators in the past ten weeks had — as far as he knew — taken no action against Javid.
“That’s how fair the situation is in Iran right now,” he said.