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    Sadegh Tabatabai in 2007

    Sadegh Tabatabai (Tabataba''i, طباطبائی Persian, Arabic طباطبائی; born 1940) is an Iranian university professor at the University of Tehran and former politician. He was a minister and government spokesman, as well as Iran''s Ambassador to Germany. He was an aide to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, from February 1979 until he returned to Iran from France. Because of his family ties to the Khomeini family (his sister was married to Khomeini''s son Ahmad) Tabatabai had direct access to the revolutionary leader. Tabatabai was the nephew of Musa al-Sadr, one of the favourite students of Khomeini.


    In 1961, Sadegh Tabatabai went to Aachen to study biochemistry and later received his doctorate from the University of Bochum. Even in Aachen, he organized a student group that campaigned against Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In 1967 he handed Ulrike Meinhof material about Iran, which was used in a famous column in Konkret magazine opposing the Shah''s visit to West Germany in 1967. Tabatabai gace a speech at the grave of Benno Ohnesorg, an unarmed university student who was shot during a demonstration against the Shah''s visit to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin by Karl-Heinz Kurras, a police officer later discovered to be an agent of the East German secret police, the Stasi.

    Tabatabai was with Khomeini during his exile in Paris, in the suburb of Neauphle-le-Chateau, accompanying him on his return to Iran on the Air France plane on 1 February 1979, along with Sadegh Khalkali and Peter Scholl-Latour, a Franco-German journalist. By his own admission Tabatabai had "been one of eight people in Europe and America, who had prepared revolution abroad and kept in contact with Khomeini."

    From 1979 to 1982, Tabatabai worked in various government offices, first as deputy interior minister and government spokesman. From November 1979 to September 1980 he served as Secretary of State in the Prime Minister''s office. On 21 March 1980, Tabatabai met Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, to discuss a possible ending of the hostage crisis in Tehran in Bonn in 1980. The conversation remained without concrete results. Tabatabai remained in touch with the German government and informed German authorities of the state of discussions in government and in parliament. This took place on 26 October 1980 in a telephone conversation between Tabatabai and Foreign Minister Genscher, in which Tabatabai informed about the debate in Parliament. On 16 and 18 September 1980 Tabatabai met Foreign Minister Genscher and US Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher in Bonn to discuss the next steps in the hostage issue.

    Most recently he was responsible for the procurement of arms and travelled abroad as a special envoy of the Iranian Government. In this regard, he was involved in arms trade scandals and drug smuggling in Germany in 1982 and 1983. In 1982, Tabatabai retracted to his own statements from the policy, but on 8 January 1983, he was held with 1.65 kg of raw opium in his suitcase at Düsseldorf airport by customs officials, and released on bail. His status as a special envoy was confirmed in 1983 by the Iranian government.

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