By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Not only have the number of executions skyrocketed under the so-called moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in fact the prize money set for the murder of British writer Salman Rushdie has been hiked.
40 Internet websites in Iran have collected $600,000 for Rushdie’s assassination, Voice of America reported yesterday.
The state-run Fars news agency in Iran wired a report saying $600,000 prize money gathered by the “Cultural Revolution Front” for Rushdie’s execution.
Marking the anniversary of the “apostasy” ruling issued for Rushdie by Ruhollah Khomeini, each of the participants in the third “Islamic Revolution Digital Media Outlets” exhibition presented a certain amount of money for Rushdie’s assassination, Fars news agency added.
According to this list the Fars news agency and “Sayberbon” website each provided 1 billion rials (around $29,000). The Fars news agency is associated to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
Some of these organs, including Saraj24, Khakriz Iman, Vice Headquarters, The Mesbah Group, Fash News, Revayat-e Fat’h, Tabiyan and Jam News each provided 10 million rials (around $2,900) for this cause. Most of these websites are state-run institutes and belong to the regime’s Basij and Revolutionary Guards. These two organs are active in providing training for terrorists in the Middle East, and deploying them to various parts of the globe.