Iranian Jew who was executed by firing squad built Tehran’s collapsed tower

The historic high-rise landmark tower in Tehran that caught fire was owned by Jewish plastic tycoon Habib Elghanian. (AA.Net)

The historic high-rise landmark tower in Tehran that caught fire and collapsed killing dozens of people Thursday was owned by Jewish plastic tycoon Habib Elghanian, who was executed in the months after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Elghanian, born in 1910, the head of a prominent association of Jewish Iranian, was tried on charges that included espionage for Israel.

The self-made typcoon, who started working at the age of 15, became one of Iran’s most famous industrialists after he and his family introduced the plastics and non-oil industries to the country.

He was among the civilians the ruling mullah, brought by the revolution, went after. He was executed in May 1979 by a firing squad after a 20-minute trial on trumped up charges that included a “Zionist” spy. The “new” regime confiscated most of his assets.

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