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Why has Iran freed the mastermind behind Saudi embassy attack?

Hassan Kord Mihin, a cleric who heads a pressure group close to the Supreme Leadership of Iran, has admitted to planning the attack on the embassy

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Iranians media outlets with reformist editorials recently published a story on the release of Hassan Kord Mihin, the mastermind behind the attack on the Saudi Arabia embassy last January.

Kord Mihin was seen attending an Ashoura ceremony days ago and had delivered a sermon in a Tehran mosque, according to Reforms News website, clearly indictating he was released on bail.

The spokesman of the Iranian’s judiciary, Ghulam Hussein Mahssani Aijia, announced in March the release of all detainees – at least 154 people –accused of the attack on the Saudi Embassy.

Contradicting information published by mainstream Iranian media outlets also indicate Iranian authorities’ efforts in concealing the identities of the Saudi embassy attackers.

Admitting Rowhani complicity

Kord Mihin, a cleric who heads a pressure group close to the Supreme Leadership of Iran, has admitted to planning the attack on the embassy and inciting members of the “ The revolutionary heirs of Hezbollah” from Bassij and The Revolutionary Guards to carry out the January 2015 attack. He has also reportedly admitted that the Hassan Rowhani’s government was complicit in the crime, since they authorities did not prevent the attack from happening.

حسن كرد ميهن يلقي خطبة في احتفال عاشوراء
حسن كرد ميهن يلقي خطبة في احتفال عاشوراء

He reportedly said in an open letter to Rowhani dated last August, that: “The government is clearly a partner in crime, it could have prevented the attack if it wished to do so. The attackers even expected some form of resistance, to be beaten up and stopped.”

According to a letter published on Insaf news website, Kord Mihin admitted to issuing orders to his followers through his channel on the Telegram app when he was in the battlefield fronts of the Revolutionary Guards in Syria fighting the opposition.

Iran had arrested Kord Mihin two weeks after the attack, but quickly released him two days after, while other sources state that he was never arrested or detained.

*This article also appears in Arabic on AlArabiya.net.