This is not supposed to be a parody, but it might be. It is a breaking story. Here are two versions, the first published April 15, followed by the "fictional" parody. Make of it what you will.
(GULF IN THE NEWS)
Published: April 15, 2008, 14:38
Tehran: A spokesman for Iran's judiciary is confirming that Tehran's police chief has been detained and is presently "under investigation".
But Ali Reza Jamshidi on Tuesday is refusing to detail the circumstances of General Reza Zarei's arrest.
Local media report that Zarei was taken to jail after he was caught with six nude women by a police raid on an underground local brothel.
Zarei had been in charge of fighting vice.
Media reports say he was forced to resign last month after being caught in the police raid.
Jamshidi says he is not authorized to provide more information since legal proceedings have begun in Zarei's case.
2. Here is a post from a month ago:
Iranian Farda News reports Reza Zarei, police chief of Tehran, has been arrested in a police raid on a Tehran brothel. Accounts say that Zarei was found in the nude with a half dozen also nude prostitutes.
Farda News is said to be closely allied to Tehran's mayor and former police chief Mohammed Bagher Qalibaf. After the raid, Rezi resigned from his position as police chief.
Reports on the Iranian website Gooya say the raid was ordered by chief judicial authority Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. There are reports of hundreds of arrests in recent months for disrespect of Islamic code.
And here is the supposed parody, labeled as "fiction"
Tehran, Iran - (Reuterus & Ass Mess) Iran's top morality enforcer and head of the dreaded secret religious police has been arrested in a brothel run by the Holy Roman Emperor VIP escort agency's international division.
Brigadier General Ali Reza Zarei was caught in a similar credit card sting that nabbed New York Governor Eliot Spitzer last week.
Zarei, 69, has been described as the scourge of Tehran's paranoid zealots who roam the streets looking for women whose veils may have slipped from the heads.
CCTV camera surveillance caught Zarei along with Mohammed Bagher Qalibaf, Tehran's Mayor, former police chief and a top contender for President Ahmadinejad's job in next year's elections.
666 hours of videotape was seized along with half a tonne of sex-related paraphernalia, five hundred kilos of cocaine, over $4 million in counterfeit $100 bills and 'enough marijuana to keep the smoking population of Jamaica happy until Christmas 2020.'
Silda Wall Spitzer is 50.The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.
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