Iran’s Forensic Medicine Organization, part of the Iranian Judiciary, says authorities did not give it a chance to identify a mummy that was unearthed at a Shrine in downtown Tehran in late April.

The official news agency IRNA on May 15 quoted the organization’s chairman Ahmad Shojaee as having said, “Forensics had made preparation to identify the body and the organization was in a position to do this quickly.”

Iranian media speculated in April that the body might belong to Reza Shah Pahlavi, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty, who is known for his efforts to modernize Iran at the turn of the 20th Century.

Reza Shah died in Johannesburg in 1944 where he lived in exile following his abdication in 1941. His mummified body was buried at the shrine in Tehran in 1950.

Thousands of Iranian demonstrators chanted slogans in praise of Reza Shah in January when millions took to the streets in more than 100 cities to protest political and economic discrimination and mismanagement.

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