Iran persecutes 9/11 witness with help of a key U.S. ally

The NY Post has published the tragic story of 9/11 witness, Hamid Reza Zakeri (aka Alireza Soleimane-pak), on trial for his life in an appeals court in Tbilisi, Georgia, on wholly fabricated charges instigated by the Iranian regime.


On Wednesday, the Georgian court of appeals will hear an unusual case involving a defector from Iranian intelligence who has been living as a political refugee in Germany since 2002.

The defector had damning information, indeed. As I related in my 2005 book, “Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran,” he warned US intelligence officers in July 2001 of impending terror attacks by Iran and al Qaeda against the World Trade Center and Washington, DC.

Soleimane-pak was one of several defectors from Iranian intelligence who provided sworn, videotaped testimony in the Iran-9/11 case that ultimately led to more than $16 billion in damages on behalf of U.S. plaintiffs, starting in 2012.

For several years after that verdict came in, Iranian officials tried to convince the defector, Ali Reza Soleimane-pak (aka “Hamid Reza Zakeri”), to recant his testimony in the 9/11 case.

They offered him money. They offered him “absolution” and a return to his privileged status in Iran. When he refused the inducements, they arrested his 59-year old brother of conspiring with him to commit espionage and let him know that his actions would determine the brother’s fate.

In September 2017, Soleimane-pak went to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, hoping to smuggle his brother out of Iran. Almost immediately upon his arrival, he received a visit from the Iranian ambassador to Georgia, Seyed Javad Qavam Shahidi, a known intelligence officer.

Shahidi made him a final offer: Recant his testimony in the 9/11 case and the regime would pay him $5 million, give him a Georgian passport and free his brother.

You can read what happened next in the New York Post.