Ruhollah Dadashi, crowned Iran and Asia’s strongest man at an international world championship, was reportedly hailed by media as a poster-boy for Iranian “discipline.” But, according to The Telegraph, Dadashi‘s boldness to take sides in the power struggle between Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah seems to have been his Achilles’ Heel.
Dadashi allegedly “insulted” the Ayatollah recently by publicly claiming the Supreme Leader was “behind” all the pressures on Ahmadinejad. Dadashi then added fuel to the fire by reportedly offering his strongman gold medal to Ahmadinejad, citing the Iranian president was “the real champion of the nation.” The Telegraph reports what came next:
Witnesses said Mr Dadashi had confronted three men in another car after an accident. The “Bruce Lee” style attackers fought with Dadashi for forty minutes, finally overpowering the muscle man and stabbing him 50 times. Commander Alireza Akbarshahi of the Greater Tehran Police Force said “all the three people involved in the murder of Dadashi have now been arrested as they were attempting to flee the capital city”.
A conservative website, Jahan News, bemoaned the use of violence to settle political scores. “Violence has now become an indispensable part of our cultural life which is a reflection of the intolerance that has swept our establishments,” it said. “Our politicians and intellectuals must urgently sit down and find a lasting solution to this rule of violence and intolerance.”
While we can only guess, one imagines the same fate might have befallen Dadashi were he to have favored the Ayatollah and insulted Ahmadinejad.