The first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, passed away this morning, Saturday, October 9, at the age of 88, in the French capital, Paris.
The family of Bani-Sadr said in a statement issued on Saturday morning that he died in a hospital in Paris after a long struggle with illness.
The statement read: “With endless regret and a heart full of sorrow, we inform the honorable Iranian people of the death of Mr. Abul-Hassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the republic elected by the people after the February 1978 revolution, on October 9, 2021, where” after a long battle with illness in Salpetree Hospital. In Paris, he caught the divine mercy.
Bani Sadr with Massoud Rajavi after his escape to Paris
Abul-Hassan Bani-Sadr was born on March 22, 1933 in Baghsha, Hamedan Governorate, central Iran. He is of Persian descent. His father, Ayatollah Sayyid Nasrallah Bani-Sadr, and his mother, Ashrafie Fateh.
He fled Iran after a disagreement with the regime’s founding supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, and left the country in disguise with Massoud Rajavi in 1981 and did not return.
Bani-Sadr was 45 years old at the time of the revolution, and one of the few who received Ayatollah Khomeini at Paris airport a few months before the revolution.
“The fall of the Islamic Republic is unlikely, it is certain,” he said in one of his last interviews with the American Radio Farda on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the 1979 revolution.
He also advised a boycott of the recent presidential elections in Iran, saying: “The elections in Iran are not only free, but they also humiliate the voters, because there is no freedom to run and no freedom to vote.”
Bani Sadr on the side of Khomeini
He participated in the fight against Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran through the student movements in the early 1960’s. He was imprisoned twice, wounded during the 1963 uprising, and then fled to France.
He returned to Iran with Khomeini in the days of the revolution that began in February 1979. He was Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs for a short period during 1979, and Minister of Finance from 1979 to 1980. He studied finance and economics in France, BA and MBA.
Abu al-Hasan Bani al-Sadr was accused of negligence on June 21, 1981 by the Iranian parliament, claiming that he was working against the clerics in power and wanted them to be removed from it.