Iran's civil and military leaders yesterday (Monday) attended the state funeral of Lieutenant General Ziaoddin Farsio, chairman of the country's military tribunals.
SV Members of armed forces arrive with wreaths (2 shots)
SV Troops lining route from hospital
SV Widow of deceased arrives
SV Chief of Staff arriving
LV ZOOM TO Portrait of deceased laid out in front of coffin with medals either side of portrait.
SV Members of Government walk up to coffin and pay tribute
CU Portrait of general.
SV Prime Minister & Cabinet walk up to coffin & pay tribute.
SV Members of the army march up and salute AND PAN TO coffin.
SV Troops carrying wreaths in procession
SV Soldier carrying portrait of deceased followed by officers carrying coffin in procession followed by widow and relatives (2 shots)
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Background: Iran's civil and military leaders yesterday (Monday) attended the state funeral of Lieutenant General Ziaoddin Farsio, chairman of the country's military tribunals. He was shot in a Teheran street last Wednesday (7 April) and dies early on Sunday.
The Prime Minister, Amir Abbas Hoveida, other cabinet ministers, the military commander and high officials attended the ceremony. The army provided a band guard of honour.
The general was hit by six machine-gun bullets when unknown gunmen fired at him and his 16-year-old son Farzad as they were leaving their home. Farzad was hit by two bullets but survived. The police hunt for the assailants was continuing.
SYNOPSIS: In Teheran, a state funeral has been held for Lieutenant-General Ziaoddin Farsio, who was hit by machine-gun fire as he left his home a week ago. His widow was among the mourners. The Chief of Staff represented the military authority.
The 52-year-old general was chairman of Iran's military tribunals. The Shah promoted him to Lieutenant-General as he lay dying in Teheran's military hospital. His sixteen-year-old son was also shot but survived.
The Prime Minister, Amir Abbas Hoveida, and members of the cabinet paid their last tributes...
...followed by members of the armed services.
Then the coffin was carried in procession for one kilometre (nearly a mile) through the streets of the capital.
Police have offered 47,000 pounds sterling (112,000 dollars) for information leading to the capture of the nine gunmen through to have carried out the attack. The general was hit by six machine-gun bullets fired from a speeding car. An Information Ministry spokesman said the attack was made by foreign-inspired fugitives wanted for murder and sabotage.