DEBKAfile Special Report November 13, 2011, 9:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
Shortly after two big explosions rocked Iranian Revolutionary Guards bases near Tehran Saturday, Nov. 12, Ahmed Rezaie, 31, was found dead in Dubai's Gloria Hotel. He was the the son of a high-ranking Iranian official, Mohsen Rezaie, secretary of the powerful Expediency Council and former IRGC commander. The cause of his death strongly resembled the method by which Hamas' contact man with Tehran Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was slain on Jan. 19, 2010 in another Dubai hotel. The local authorities laid that death at the door of Israel's Mossad. For instance, Rezaie's body showed no signs of violence. He appeared have been injected with the Suxamethonium muscle relaxant and then smothered with a pillow.
debkafile's intelligence sources report that Ahmed Rezaie was physically fit. He did not take drugs or medication. The Iranian news agency reported that he died in suspicious circumstances at a Dubai hotel withough comment. An Expediency Council spokesman said the case was scrutiny and more information would be released soon.
Our Iranian sources add that Ahmad Rezaie left for the United States in 1998 when his father was at the highest point of his career. There, he gave interviews to American and Western media, including the Voice of Israel's Farsee station, in which he openly criticized Iran's rulers especially Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
At one point he contacted Israelis with an offer to help run down what happened to the Israeli navigator Ron Arad, who has been missing since 1986 when his plane went down over Lebanon and he was captured by Shiite groups and believed handed over to Tehran. Rezaie offered to travel to Dubai and use his contacts in the Expediency Council to discover what happened to the Israeli navigator in return for a handsome down-payment. His Israeli contacts eventually turn him down.
Over the years, the Supreme Ruler leaned hard on Ahmad's father to bring his son home, promising he would not be harmed. In 2005, the young Rezaie returned to Tehran. He lived quietly, but was kept under surveillance as a suspected American spy. During that time, he married four times, once to a South Korean woman. Because of his frequent trips overseas on business, the authorities in Tehran began to use him as an informal pipeline for passing information to the West.
He then took up residence in Dubai, with frequent side trips to the Iranian capital.
debkafile's intelligence sources take into account the possiblity that he was murdered on the direct orders of Ayatollah Khamenei – partly as a warning to his father to cool his close ties with former president-turned opposition figure Hashem Rafsanjani.
Rafsanjani took up the cudgels against the regime at the time of the 2009 anti-regime riots which were sparked by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rigged reelection as president.
The untimely death would also have aimied to caution Rafsanjani himself to continue to keep his head down although inthe last two years, Khamenei has managed to strip of honors, high office and political clout.
It would not be the first time that a political enemy of the Supreme Ruler dies in suspicious circumstances, but in most other cases, the deaths occurred in Iran and faked to look like accidents.