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Iran president-elect says hostage allegations "baseless"

[JURIST] Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile] said Monday that allegations that he is the man in a photo [JURIST report] taken during the 1979 hostage crisis are "baseless", according to report by the state IRNA news agency. An advisor to outgoing Iranian president Mohammad Khatamihas earlier denied the allegations [JURIST report] as well. "The dissemination of baseless information by Western countries despite enjoying advanced intelligence gathering capabilities is questionable," Ahmadinejad said. Iran also sharply denied charges that Ahmadinejad was involved [Guardian report] in the 1989 murder of an opposition leader, saying "The charges are so self-evidently false they are not worthy of response." AP has more.

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