May 22, 2013
Iran backs Chavez's 'suspicious illness' plot
As the world echoes the news about the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez, the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed his country’s deepest condolences to the South American government and people and stated that Chávez fell martyr to a “suspicious” illness according to ANSA news agency.
In that sense, Ahmadinejad followed the statements by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro who hours before Chávez’s death affirmed that someday there will be “scientific proof” that the socialist leader was infected with cancer by “imperialist enemies”.
“I express my sympathy over the sad incident to the great nation of Venezuela, the respected family of Hugo Chávez and to all nations in the world”, the Iranian president said in a message to Maduro and considered Chávez a martyr (who lost his life) in the path of serving the Venezuelan people and preserving human and revolutionary values”.
Tehran has decreed a one-day state mourning.