Now Golly G reckons she was in Tehran getting bombed…oops that doesn’t fit facts either

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Golriz Ghahraman has “clarified” her position on the supposed bombings that terrified her as a child.

For the second time in as many days, Greens MP Golriz Ghahraman has had to fend off online attacks on her credibility.

Iran-born Ms Ghahraman was heralded as New Zealand’s first refugee MP, when she entered Parliament on the Greens list two months ago.

On Tuesday, she was forced to refute claims she had misled the public over her involvement in Rwanda war crimes trials, where she had helped defend clients accused of human rights atrocities.

On Wednesday, Ms Ghahraman was called to task over her claims that, as a child, she had dodged bombs during the Iran-Iraq conflict that ravaged her country.

“I remember the bombs, the sirens, running to the basement? waiting,”?she said in her maiden speech?this month.

“Mostly, I remember the kids my age, who stopped speaking because of shellshock.”??

But as?blogger David Farrar pointed out, her childhood home of Mashhad was far from the fighting and largely escaped damage.

“Actually, it appears to be as far away from Iraq as one can get,” says Mr Farrar on?Kiwiblog. “It is almost by the border with Turkmenistan – around 1600km away.

“Now it is possible Ghahraman lived somewhere else, other than Mashhad. Maybe they moved towns to get away from the war.

“But it would be useful to clarify this apparent inconsistency.”

When approached by Newshub, Ms Ghahraman provided her explanation.

“Before moving to New Zealand at the age of nine, I was raised in Mashhad, Iran,” she said. “Mashhad did not experience air raids during the war – I never said it was.

“Where I did experience air raids and bombings – on multiple occasions – was while visiting my auntie and uncle, who lived in Tehran, where we would go during our school holidays.

“It was my experiences in Tehran that I was referring to in my maiden speech.”

As is usual with her “clarifications” it simply raises even more questions.

First up she always quotes Kirsty Johnson as a journalist she supposedly was open with. Kirsty Johnson once worked as the?Political and Media Advisor for the Green party.

Then her new explanation doesn’t actually hold any water either.

In the whole war, Tehran itself lost 422 civilians killed, 1579 injured. These are all attributed to Iraqi 118 Al Hussein missiles, (modified Scuds) that were launched over a total of 52 days with 86 striking “population centres”.

Golriz Ghahraman clearly had incredibly bad luck then being in Tehran on some of those 52 days.

Those attacks occurred in 1988, the last year of the war. When Golriz Ghahraman was just seven years old if it is true she was born in 1981. That means she had only been in school for one year because the schools starting age in Iran is six years old.

Does she really expect us to believe she travelled over ten hours from Mashhad to Tehran, a distance of 899km and was there for the 52 days in 1988 that Tehran was under Scud rocket attack?

All schools are closed during?Nowruz?from March 20 till the beginning of April to celebrate the Iranian new year. What are the chances that she was actually in Tehran on the days in which those rockets landed…in a city of around 5 million back then? I’d say very slim indeed.

What sort of parent sends their kid into harms way in the school holidays to see Aunty, nearly 900kms away? Here’s another thought. The Missile attacks started in February 1988. Her Aunty and Uncle would have experienced most of the rocket attacks by the time school holidays rolled around. Why on earth didn’t they go to Mashhad for safety instead of allowing little Golriz to travel 900km into a city that has been under missile attack for more than 40 days? It simply doesn’t make sense.

More holes than a rusty colander. This explanation is as reliable as her first statement regarding bombings in Iran.