'Ahmadinejad was target of X-ray plot'

Ex-Iranian envoy claims machines installed in Rome remotely controlled to give off powerful radiation.

Ahmadinejad 224.88 (photo credit: AP [file])
Ahmadinejad 224.88
(photo credit: AP [file])
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the target of an 'X-ray plot' when he attended a UN-sponsored global food summit in Rome earlier this month, Iran's former ambassador to Italy, Abolfazl Zohrevand, claimed Monday. "A day before Ahmadinejad's arrival in Rome, I checked and found out that the (security) X-ray machines installed gave off too powerful radiation. It measured over 900 instead of 300 as normal," Zohrevand told Iran's IRNA news agency. "We changed the machine, thinking that it was faulty, but realized the rays were being remotely controlled," he said. "Bearing in mind that rays of over 1,500 are extremely dangerous to human life, this makes us think there was a plot," Zohrevand continued. Zohrevand didn't say which units he was using but radiation is usually measured in milligrams. He also didn't say whether Ahmadinejad was staying was a hotel or an official residence. Zohrevand was removed from his position and ordered to return to Teheran, a website affiliated to Iran's Revolutionary Guards reported in June. His dismissal came shortly after Ahmadinejad's trip to Rome in early June, during which he did not manage to meet with any members of the Italian government or the opposition.