By: Mir M.Hosseini
President Richard Nixon of the US named former CIA Director Richard Helms as Ambassador to Tehran. At a formal dinner party with Iranian Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveida, the Soviet Ambassador in Tehran, Vladimir Erofeyev asked Hoveida what he thought about the United States sending Iran a spy as ambassador. Hoveida mocked the Soviet Ambassador by saying that at least Americans send their No.1 adding that Erofeyev could not be more than spy No.10.
Minutes later, the Russian ambassador discovered an excuse to leave the dinner party.
Hoveida was the 70th Prime Minister of Iran in office between Jan, 26, 1965 until Aug, 7, 1977. On Nov, 7, 1978, Hoveida was arrested by order of Mohammad Reza Shah and was held under house arrest as a scapegoat for the past-ills of the crumbling regime.
On April 7, 1979, during brief executions by Ayatollah Khalkhali, known as the hangman, Hoveida was transported to Ghasr Prison, where Hojjatoleslam Hadi Ghaffari shot him twice in the neck and killed him. Yet several months after his death, his corpse was held in Tehran's morgue before it was secretly buried in Behesht Zahra cemetery as an unknown deceased.
It's been noted that Hoveida insisted on his innocence and questioned legitimacy of the Revolutionary Court.