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  Updated: August 27, 2009

Nation mourns death of Al-Hakim, burial to be in Najaf

By: Sheikh M Khurasani

TEHRAN, Iran: To show their respects to the influential Iraqi leader and son of late Al-Marje Al-Aala Sayed Mohsin Al-Hakim, Sayed Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who died Wednesday August 26 in Tehran, thousands of people in Iran flocked to a mourning ceremony.

The ceremony Thursday held at the Iraqi Embassy in Tehran was attended by many Iranian officials including Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as well as hundreds of Iraqi expatriates.

Al-Hakim was a revered leader.

He lived in Iran for 20 years in exile.

According to al-Hakim's political party, his body will be taken from the Iraqi embassy to Iran's holy city of Qom before being flown to Iraq later for burial in the central shrine city of Najaf, home to the holy shrine of Imam Ali (AS).

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