A man from Iran who once led the nation’s military but who is now being sued for the murder of his father says his father had no intention of becoming a dictator.
Ali Abdeh, now 82, is the founder of a group called the Iranian Resistance that is fighting against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and has been charged with the murder and rape of his mother in 1988.
His lawsuit accuses his father, who is in prison, of taking part in a coup that toppled the then-ruling regime and his father was imprisoned for 15 years for plotting against the regime.
“My father was a man who fought against the oppressive regime,” Abdehd told Al Jazeera, his voice cracking with emotion.
“He died peacefully, and there is no injustice against him.”
Abdehd said he was born in the same year his father disappeared from his life, and he was only told about his father when he was a teenager.
He was then 15, and his mother had disappeared while living in a small house in Tehran, according to the lawsuit.
He said his father told him about his disappearance when he returned from the U.S. to Iran, and it triggered a deep emotional reaction for him.
“I felt like I was missing my father,” he said.
After his mother’s death, his father became increasingly frustrated, he said, and the man’s anger grew.
“He said, ‘If you are still living, I want you to go to the city where my father was.
There, I will kill you,'” he said of his younger brother.”
They beat me up and threw stones at me and my mother.
I was so afraid and so scared,” he added.
Abdeh said he became an outspoken critic of the regime and its leaders, including President Hassan Rouhani, but it was only after the assassination of his parents’ father, the former leader of Iran’s revolutionary guard, in 2016 that he started to seek justice for his mother.
Abdelaziz, now 81, said he believes his father planned the assassination in order to force him to return to his family and to help him secure his political life.
“There was a lot of talk about him and his crimes,” he told Al Jazeeras.
“We had to hide from the world.
My father knew all this.
He knew what he was doing, and when we were in hiding, he would tell his wife, ‘Go to the house, take care of my children.'”
My mother was not the type of person to be murdered and to be held captive,” he recalled.”
It is hard for me to explain, but he was the only one who could have killed my mother.
“Abdeliz said he and his wife were left in Iran after the execution of his family, and they spent a few years in the United States before returning to Iran.”
During the time we were living in Iran, there was a certain amount of freedom.
But I don’t remember anything.
I have not seen my mother since my father disappeared,” he explained.”
At the time, I was still a young child.
It was the age when people get ready to return home.
“He said that his father did not seem to be a threat, but “he could be easily provoked.
He was not someone who would be easily killed”.
He said he has not yet found out who killed his father and hopes that the case will be settled soon.”But I don´t know how it will end, so I am happy for the sake of my mother and my children,” he concluded.