One of the Shah of Iran's most powerful political and religious opponents arrived in France on Monday (18 December) for talks with exiled leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny.
GV Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri and supporters walk through airport arrival hall in Paris.
GV EXTERIOR Home of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khoimeny in Paris.
GV Montazeri arriving at Khomeiny home.
SV INTERIOR Khomeiny seated as Montazeri enters room and speaks to Khomeiny. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: One of the Shah of Iran's most powerful political and religious opponents arrived in France on Monday (18 December) for talks with exiled leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny.
SYNOPSIS: On his arrival in Paris, Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri was surrounded by friends and supporters. Many were carrying portraits of Ayatollah Khomeiny and banners which called for an Islamic republic in Iran. Mr. Montazeri, was recently released from jail and he told newsmen he had been tortured. He was taken straight from the airport to the home of the Ayatollah Khomeiny, at Neauphles le Chateau, near Paris.
The Ayatollah Montazeri was released from detention last October under a partial amnesty, after serving more than three years of ten years sentence. He has spent a total of 16 years behind bars since 1953.
The talks between the two Ayatollahs centred on Islam and the future of Iran. Ayatollah Montazeri said the majority of Iranians wanted a government ruled by Ayatollah Khomeiny. Ayatollah Montazeri said there could be no solution to Iran's crisis until the Shah's Pahlevi Dynasty was overthrown. He also ruled out any compromise solution involving the replacement of the Shah by his eighteen-year-old son, Reza.