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Iranian Freed in Paris as Part of Hostage Deal
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Nov 30, 1987
Start Page: 1
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

After [Wahid Gordji] refused to appear for questioning, France sealed off the Iranian Embassy here last June 30, blocking 45 Iranians inside, and Iran responded by sealing off the French Embassy in Tehran with nine employees inside. France broke relations with Iran over the Gordji affair July 17.

There was little doubt about the outcome of the questioning. A small jet plane was already waiting for Gordji at Le Bourget airport north of Paris. Judge Gilles Boulouque questioned Gordji, laid no charges against him, pronounced him a free man, and let him leave the Palace of Justice. The black Mercedes, with motorcycle police as escort, then sped him to the airport.

The release of Gordji, in some ways, could prove politically difficult for the [Jacques Chirac] government since several members of a militant Islamic cell accused of the Paris bombings had named Gordji as an official who helped and supplied them. Those bombings had terrorized and infuriated Parisians, and Chirac had pledged that the killers would not go unpunished.

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