Burglars break into French home of former Iranian leader

1st January 2012, Comments 0 comments

The home of former Iranian president Abolhassan Bani Sadr near Paris was burgled overnight and cash stolen, police and his daughter said Sunday.

Police were called to Bani Sadr's Versailles home which was empty at the time of the break-in early on New Year's Day, police said.

His daughter Firouze Bani Sadr said police protection for her father had been lifted years ago.

Bani Sadr was president between February 1980 and June 1981 in the immediate aftermath of the revolution that overthrew the shah, before going into exile in France when he fell out with the new Islamic regime.

"This break-in may have a criminal nature but it can also be something else," his daughter told AFP. "One has the impression that the home is under surveillance, so they acted when there was nobody," she added.

Bani Sadr's wife was attacked outside the house on November 26.

Firouze Bani Sadr said the two incidents showed that her father needed more security.

But a judicial official told AFP there was no obvious link between the break-in and Bani Sadr's present or past political activities, or the attack against his wife, but added that investigators were looking into all possibilities.

© 2012 AFP

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