Saeed Karimian

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Saeed Karimian (8 August 1972[1] – 29 April 2017) was an Iranian television executive, the founder, chairman, and owner of Dubai-based [2]GEM TV, which runs 17 Persian-language TV channels, plus one each in Kurdish, Azeri, and Arabic.[3][4] Karimian who was British national[5] had been tried in absentia by a court in Tehran, and sentenced to a prison term of six years for spreading propaganda against Iran.[4]

Karimian was shot dead in Istanbul, Turkey, on 29 April 2017, along with his Kuwaiti business partner.[3][4][5] According to the exiled Iranian opposition group National Council of Resistance Karimian was assassinated by the Revolutionary Guard on the orders of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s Supreme Leader.[6] In May 2017, Turkish media reported that two people accused for the assassination of Karimian were arrested in Serbia with fake passports on their way to Iran. [1]


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  3. ^ a b Reuters (30 April 2017). "Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul, Turkish media reports | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Gem TV: Iranian CEO Saeed Karimian shot dead in Istanbul – BBC News". 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul, Turkish media report". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Exiled Iranian TV Executive Is Assassinated in Istanbul". New York Times.