August 31, 2009 • 11:24p08 0
August 31, 2009 • 11:24p08 0
In a stunning twist today, Saeed Mortazavi “Butcher of Tehran” was promoted to National Deputy Prosecutor. This comes just one day after being removed from his post of Tehran’s Prosecutor General. This move, shows that the regime will never throw away somebody that is loyal to the Supreme Leader, the revolution, and has for so many years proven he is without concsience. When one of their own is taking too much heat and inviting bad PR, they just resort to their favorite game, musical chairs. As always, the regime has the best interest of their killing machine in mind, at the expense of the best interest of the citizens and justice.
In a powerful address to members of the Reform Front Coordinating Council, Iran’s former two-time president Khatami made a pledge for a much stronger presence by Reformers on the country’s political stage.
“The pretenders, and perhaps those in charge, who have no faith in the Revolution or the ways of the late Imam [founder of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini], or those who regret the Revolution, are doing their best to divert and metamorphose the Revolution, although they consider themselves revolutionaries,” Khatami said on Friday.
“What has happened in these days is in itself a firm reason for a stronger presence on the [political] scene under the banner of reforms, because we [the reformers] are all committed to the Revolution and do not regret it,” he argued. “Despite all the pressures for ejecting the Reformists and fair thinkers from the scene, we will stay on the scene,” Khatami was quoted by Iran’s Labor News Agency on Friday.
“Today, we must press for the rightful demand of the Reformist movement – ‘Change’ – more than before…by which we mean a return to the basics of the Constitution and the ideals of the late Imam and the Revolution,” he elaborated.
It appears that the rumors that have been swirling around for that last few weeks have finally come to pass. The “Butcher” has been cut! More here…http://bit.ly/8ojFG
Majlis to inquire with Tehran coroner. More here…http://bit.ly/oGj8N
Also, it is being reported that Tehran Forensic Department has been ordered to hand over all files related to anonymous graves to the Prosecutor, Head of the Judiciary, and the Majis Special Committee.
MP Motahari says that Ahmadinejad’s remarks contest and challenge those of the Supreme Leader. “Ahmadinejad has to be held accountable for his deeds and words.”
More on the story here…http://bit.ly/3eBq7h
August 29, 2009 • 11:24p08 0
CAIRO — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at his chief political rivals on Friday, calling on judiciary officials to “decisively” and “mercilessly” prosecute them for challenging the legitimacy of his electoral victory and tarnishing the image of the state. More here…http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/world/middleeast/29iran.html?_r=1
TEHRAN, Aug 27 (ICANA) — Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has agreed with a proposal to establish juries for political courts.
In the Majlis session on Wednesday, MP Mostafa Kavakebian said that according to the Constitution, courts which investigate political crimes should have juries.
Larijani agreed with Kavakebian’s idea and asked the Majlis Legal Affairs Committee to follow up the issue.
As Iran holds trials of many top opposition Reformist figures, former president Mohammad Khatami has lashed out at confessions made by a post-vote detainee.
Khatami denounced as ‘invalid’ such confessions ‘obtained in special circumstances’ and strongly condemned them, ILNA reported on Wednesday.
In a Tuesday court session in Tehran, Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh, who is in detention charged with espionage and acting against national security, accused the former president of turning Iran into a safe place for US activities.
Tajbakhsh, a former member of the Soros Foundation in Iran, said in his defense statement that Khatami and Mohammad-Javad Zarif, the then Iranian envoy to the United Nations, met George Soros, the founder of the network, in 2006.
He said the meeting was part of a plan, which began in 1997, when Khatami took office, to ‘overthrow’ the system. He added that Khatami has been ‘constantly’ in contact with the Soros Foundation since then.
In a statement issued by his office a day after the trial, Khatami said reports made during recent weeks were ‘lies and baseless’. “Such claims are sheer lies and false,” said the statement.
Khatami called on Iranian authorities to ‘stop spreading immoralities and illegal moves, which will harm the Islamic establishment’.
Iran has already held mass trials of nearly 140 individuals charged with masterminding the post-vote unrest. Following the controversial mass trials of post-vote detainees, the opposition announced that the confessions made in court had been forced. The opposition and their supporters have also condemned the trials as a ‘sham’ staged by the supporters of the incumbent president.
Meanwhile, a top member of a major Iranian Reformist party, who is in custody over Iran’s post-election violence, criticizes his detention and the court proceedings.
The deputy head of Iran’s Islamic Participation Front, Abdollah Ramazanzadeh, on Tuesday criticized the court proceedings against detainees of the post-vote unrest and described himself as one of the biggest supporters of the Islamic Revolution.
Ramazanzadeh said that the interrogators had treated him well but refrained from answering a question about whether he is being held at the Evin prison. “They have told us not to say anything about that. This is the 74th day that I am spending in isolation.”
Also, Saeed Hajjarian, a premier reformist strategist who was disabled in a 2000 assassination attempt, has been accused of having links with the British intelligence service.
During the fourth round of the mass trials held for those arrested during Iran’s post-election violence, the co-founder of Iran’s main reformist party, the Islamic Participation Front, was linked to renowned political theorist John Keane, Open Society Institute’s George Soros and German philosopher Jurgen Habermas. The Soros Foundation which according to the indictment planned to launch a “velvet coup” in Iran was also named as having links with Hajjarian. The prosecutor concluded by asking for “full punishment” against Hajjarian, who has been in custody three days after Iran’s disputed June 12 election.
Another defendant says the son of influential official and cleric Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani asked him to embezzle government funds for his father’s election campaign in 2005. He also said Mehdi Hashemi was involved in money laundering.
Following the trial, Mehdi Hashemi told Tabnak that the allegations were baseless.
But the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the post-election unrest in Iran was pre-planned. “I don’t accuse the leaders of the recent incidents of being affiliated with foreign countries, including the US and Britain, since the issue has not been proven for me,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with a group of university students in Tehran on Wednesday. “But there is no doubt that the events were planned, no matter whether their leaders knew it or not,” IRNA quoted the Leader as saying.
The Leader also said that the judiciary should try the detainees of the recent unrest based on strong evidence and they should not use “rumors” as the basis for their prosecution.
TEHRAN, Aug 27 (ICANA) — A senior Iranian lawmaker says Tehran’s prosecutor-general, Saeed Mortazavi, should be tried for ‘illegally’ closing a leading Reformist paper run by Mehdi Karroubi.
Etemad Melli (National Confidence) paper was shut down last week, after it published a story claiming that those arrested during Iran’s post election violence had suffered severe physical and mental damage from rapes in detention centers.
In a letter to Iran’s newly appointed Judiciary Chief Ahmad Tavakkoli, a conservative member of Iran’s parliament, said according to the country’s media law, the prosecutor general did not have the authority to close the newspaper.
“The act of depriving a right [from a group or individual] should be legally recognized, especially if it is to be done by those who are, according to the constitution, assigned with the task of ‘overseeing the correct implementation of laws’,” Tavakkoli said on Monday, according to Press TV.
Citing four articles of the media law, Tavakkoli, who also heads the Parliament’s Research Center, called on Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani to take action.
“According to the mentioned articles I urge you to reopen the Etemad Melli newspaper and to send the case of Tehran’s prosecutor-general to the judiciary court,” he said.
The lawmaker’s letter and his comments comes as a surprise as in August he was one of the several figures urging defeated presidential candidate Karroubi to ‘reconsider his approach’ towards the reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.
Iran’s June 12 vote provoked days of unrest in the country when Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi claimed that the election had been subject to widespread ‘fraud’.
“You issued statements and took stances that were inconsistent with your record, siding with the enemies of the Imam (Khomeini) and the Iranian nation” Tavakoli told Karroubi.