The son of Iranian politician Mohsen Rezaei, who ran against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 elections, has been found dead in a Dubai hotel room. Local police suggest the American expatriate committed suicide.
An American expatriate who was in Dubai on an extended business trip, was found dead in his hotel room at the four-star Gloria Hotel on Saturday evening. Although local police have ruled out suspicious circumstances and believe the death was suicide, the Iranian website Tabnak has labelled the death suspicious, and named the dead man as Ahmad Rezaei, 31, son of prominent Iranian politician Mohsen Rezaei. Dubai police refused to release the name of the deceased, according to the National.
According to Hotelier Middle East, Ahmad Rezaei was openly critical of Tehran's leaders when he lived in the U.S. His father, Mohsen Rezaei, is the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, an advisory body to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Previously he served as the former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Additionally Mohsen Rezaei stood against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the controversial 2009 elections.
Emirates 247 reported that Brigadier General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri of the Dubai Police ruled out suspicious circumstances over the death of Ahmad Rezaei. He said that the deceased was known to suffer from bouts of hysteria. The body was found on the bed with a cut on the left wrist that corresponded with a sharp object found in the bathroom of the hotel room. Al Mansouri said "Forensic tests suggest that he had been dead for 12 hours. There is no criminal suspicion, but it appears to be a suicide."
The death has not been commented on by the Iranian state run Fars New Agency.