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Body of Iranian cleric flown out Friday
- colleague

THE Iranian cleric whose body was discovered earlier this month in a shallow grave off the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, was scheduled to be buried yesterday, his colleague Abdul Kadir said yesterday.

cleric, Mohammed Hussein Ibrahimi, 35, was kidnapped from outside the International Islamic College of Advanced Studies, Brickdam on April 2. He was director of the institution.

According to Kadir, Ibrahimi's remains left Guyana on Friday for Iran. The body was scheduled to arrive there about 6:00 hrs yesterday.

Kadir said that Ibrahimi's relatives and members of the Muslim fraternity were to perform `Janaaza' yesterday.

The dead man's wife, Shahanaz Ibrahimi, left Guyana on Wednesday for Venezuela en route to Iran to attend her husband's funeral.

The woman, who was pregnant with the couple's first child when Ibrahami was kidnapped, recently gave birth to a healthy baby.

On May 4, the police acted on a tip off and visited a location just off the Soesdyke/Linden Highway on the St. Cuthbert's Mission trail. There, they dug up the cleric's partly decomposed body. The body bore two gunshot wounds to the head. Ibrahimi's hands and feet were bound with duct tape and he was clad in the clothes he was wearing when he was abducted.

His colleagues identified him by a silver cap on his dentures, and a silver ring he was wearing.

The Iranian policemen for the International Policing Organisation (Interpol) who were here to investigate Ibrahimi's abduction have since left the country.

Guyana Police Force spokesman, John Sauers, told the Sunday Chronicle that the case is still open and investigations are ongoing.

Sunday, May 16, 2004