In Beirut, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court, Ayatollah Sadek Khalkhali, told newsmen on Tuesday (8 April) that Egypt's President Anwar Sadat should be killed.
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Background: In Beirut, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court, Ayatollah Sadek Khalkhali, told newsmen on Tuesday (8 April) that Egypt's President Anwar Sadat should be killed. President Sadat has enraged Iranians for allowing the Shah to come to Egypt from Panama.
SYNOPSIS: Ayatollah Khalkhali said President Sadat's fate should be the same as that of the former Shah, now in Egypt recovering from major surgery. The religious leader described the Shah as a butcher who stole funds from the Iranian Central Bank, and who should be sentenced to death in line with Moslem teachings. As the Ayatollah was speaking, President Sadat was in Washington meeting President Carter for talks on the Middle East.
Ayatollah Khalkhali also attacked the Iraqi Government, which has expelled one thousand Iranians during the past week (3-10 April). Iran has said it will overthrow the Government of President Saddam Hussein. Relations between Iran and Iraq have been rapidly deteriorating, and there have been air battles and artillery and rocket attacks on their common border. The major issue is Iran's occupation of three small islands at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
Iran seized the islands in 1971 from what soon after became the United Arab Emirates.
Iran's military bases on the islands could control shipping lanes carrying much of the world's oil. Iraq wants control of the islands returned to the Arab side of the Gulf. Iraqi naval units have increased their patrols in the Gulf, in apparent response to Iran's announcement that her armed forces had been placed on full alert.