In Iran, A Son, A Death, A "Bullet Fee"

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Abby Zimet

The family of 19-year-old Kaveh Alipour, a "polite, shy young man" shot and killed during Saturday's protests in Iran, was told they could only retrieve the body after paying the equivalent of $3,000 – more than the worth of his father's earthly possessions – as a "bullet fee" to reimburse the military. Unimaginable, but another source – the New York Times, in a piece on the death of Neda Agha-Soltan – tells the same story; this time, it's $5,000.

 

 

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