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Iran Again Denies President-Elect's Involvement in 1979 US Embassy Seizure

Aides to Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have again rejected accusations that he was involved in the 1979 seizure of the American embassy in Tehran.

One senior campaign advisor said Saturday that photographs of a hostage-taker purported to be a young Mr. Ahmadinejad actually show someone else. Some of the hostage-takers also have denied that he played any role in the siege. And other aides to the president-elect have added to the denials.

The White House says it is looking into allegations linking the Iranian president-elect to the crisis that lasted 444 days.

Another accusation against Mr. Ahmadinejad has surfaced in Europe. An Austrian political figure contends that the Iranian president-elect was involved in the 1989 slaying in Vienna of a Kurdish opposition leader.

Aides to Mr. Ahmadinejad said the latest accusation is not worth comment.

Some information for this report Reuters, AP and AFP.