Tehran, 15 Nov. (AKI) – A demonstration in front of the Italian embassy in Tehran, more than 100 university events marking the anniversary of his death and a ‘documentary’ about his life to be aired on Iranian state television. The subject of such obsessive interest in Iran is the late Edoardo Agnelli, heir to Italy’s most famous industrial family, the Agnellis, who own the FIAT motoring empire. Under an Iranian urban myth, recently resuscitated and embellished, Edoardo Agnelli’s suicide five years ago was ‘a Zionist plot’ to rob him of his inheritance because he had ‘converted to Islam’.
State television is broadcasting a ‘documentary’ which accredits the thesis of a “Zionist plot” to get their hands on FIAT wealth by killing Edoardo Agnelli. The programme is also being shown on the Sahar satellite channel, translated into Russian, English, Arabic, Urdu and Azeri.
For the record, Edoardo, 46, parked his car on a high bridge near Turin on 15 November 2000 and threw himself to his death. A sensitive and reclusive figure, with a keen interest in religion and some past problems with drug use and depression, Edoardo – only son of patriarch Giovanni Agnelli – had long been excluded from any business role in FIAT.
The attempt to make the late Agnelli a Muslim martyr and portray him as persecuted by Jewish business interests is also part of a wider campaign to discredit Italy – one of Iran’s biggest trading partners – in a moment of tension betwen Iran and the international community over its nuclear ambitions.
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