Congress to investigate US tour of Iranian actor with IRGC ties
The US Congress has begun investigating why the Biden administration granted a visa to an Iranian actor believed to be close to the country’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
According to a letter obtained by the Washington Free BeaconIndiana Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, Jim Banks, demanded an explanation from the administration about the visa for Parviz Parastui (Parastouei), saying he had a “clear connection” to the IRGC and the former commander of his Quds (Quds) force Ghasem Soleimani.
“Parastui has been directly involved in IRGC-funded propaganda projects promoting a radical ideology that seeks to shape Iranian culture according to the Iranian regime’s agenda,” the letter read.
At a film screening in Los Angeles late last month hosted by the far-left anti-Israel group Code Pink, Parastouei was filmed having an argument with an Iranian dissident.
Before the event, Sam Rajabi, a former judoka champion who now lives in the United States, insisted that Parastui explain his relationship with Soleimani, while filming him on his mobile phone. Parastoueire refused to answer and the encounter ended with Parastui knocking the mobile out of Rajabi’s hand. the the video taken by Rajabi has gone viral on social media with hundreds of comments in favor or against Parastui.
Code Pink markets itself as a grassroots, women-led organization “working to end American wars and militarism” and supporting peace and human rights initiatives. Code Pink condemns US sanctions against Iran.