Hakim deathbed reports denied

Other News Materials 3 June 2009 17:43 (UTC +04:00)

Abdulaziz Hakim's son denies reports claiming that the head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council was in deathbed as a result of a development in his condition, Press TV reported.

"Enemies of the Iraqi people and leaders are constantly trying to weaken the morale of the Shia community and the Iraqi nation in general," Mohsen Hakim said in an interview with Mehr news.

Abdulaziz Hakim, who is struggling with cancer, was hospitalized in an advanced medical faculty in Tehran last month.

The Shia political figure, who heads Iraq's most powerful party, was diagnosed with lung cancer in a Texas hospital in the United State. Following the diagnosis he made several trips to Iran for chemotherapy before being hospitalized.

This is not the first time that rumors regarding Hakim's health have spread in Iraq. The last time such reports surfaced, he took part in an election protest in support of the SIIC to put an end to the rumors.

On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki flew to the Iranian capital to pay his resistance comrade a visit. Since his health began to deteriorate, many Iraqi officials have visited Hakim in Tehran.