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Four years since Neda died and still no answers.

Last Thursday was the fourth anniversary of the death of Neda AghaSoltan in the street protests that followed the 2009 presidential elections.

Her mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) that the authorities did not interfere with the memorial visits to her gravesite this year. But she expressed0 her concern that the authorities have never tried anyone for her death, despite numerous promises.

"There was supposed to be a court trial held, but in the past four years there hasn't been a trial. The case file is still open. I don't know what else to say. I just hope one day they will show me her murderer and tell me, 'This is the murderer of your child,'" Hajar Rostami Motlagh, Neda's mother, said.

She added, "I just hope that one day everyone will be free, and, God willing, Neda will also have achieved her goal. I can't say anything else. Answering these questions is hard for me."

Asked whether the family was able to hold a memorial this year, Hajar Rostami said, "Yes, thank God. It was very safe and easy. People attended also. We were going back home and there was yet another group of Neda's fans coming to her grave."

Neda Agha-Soltan, born January 23, 1983, was fatally shot during a protest against the 2009 presidential election results June 20, 2009, in Tehran's Amirabad neighborhood at the intersection of Khosravi and Salehi Streets. Cellphone videos showing her bleeding profusely and dying on the pavement were posted to YouTube and Neda swiftly became the icon of the protests, recognized not just in Iran but also worldwide.

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It remains unknown who shot her and whether it was aimed fire or a stray bullet. No one has taken responsibility for her death.

During the months following her death, the state media and authorities offered varying explanations of her death. On one occasion, President Ahmadi-nejad said Neda was murdered by BBC operatives.

Over the past four years, the police and security forces have often restricted and sometimes attacked those seeking to visit her gravesite.

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Title Annotation:activist Neda AghaSoltan
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
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Date:Jun 28, 2013
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