Iran may declare dead protestor Neda a martyr
Iran's Martyr Foundation said on Saturday it will declare Neda Agha-Soltan a martyr if is proven that an enemy of the state caused the young woman's death during a protest rally after the June election, AFP reported.
"The pictures seem to show that Neda Agha-Soltan's death was the result of a plot by opponents and the enemy," ILNA news agency quoted Masoud Zaribafan, head of the state-run foundation, as saying.
"If this is confirmed by the intelligence ministry... her family must be somehow covered by the foundation," Zaribafan said.
The Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans' Affairs provides facilities and financial help to families of those killed or wounded during the Iran-Iraq war of the 80s or who died for the cause of the Islamic republic.
Agha-Soltan emerged as an emblem of the political uprising in Iran after she was shot to death during a protest in Tehran against the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Amateur videos of her bleeding to death posted on the Internet and broadcast across the world triggered an outcry over Iranian authorities' clampdown on the anti-Ahmadinejad protests.
Iranian police have claimed her death was staged.
Ahmadinejad has called for a probe into her death, accusing opposition groups and "enemies of misusing the situation politically and tarnishing the clean image of the Islamic republic."
Iranian officials say 36 people died during the unrest after the election, including several members of the volunteer Basij militia which took part in the crackdown on the protesters.
Opposition groups estimate that 72 people died in the post-vote violence.