Following the harsh reactions of hardliners regarding Mehdi Karroubi’s letter to Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani (Chairman of the Assembly of Experts) and reminding him and the assembly of their true responsibilities to oversight the supreme leader in an interview with Tagheer website once again strongly criticized the lack of oversight on circles of power and government organizations.
Mehdi Karroubi in his letter to the chairman of the Assembly of Experts before the beginning of its session pointed out the responsibilities of the Assembly of Experts and stated: ‘The Assembly of Experts has been formed to choose, have oversight and also dismiss the supreme leader. But they (the ruling powers) are saying “don’t mention the clarity of the constitution; don’t even have minor reference to it’! While Imam [Khomeini] had advised the clerics of the Assembly of Experts: ‘Your responsibility is on top of all responsibilities; because the highest corruption which leads to the corruption of all organizations is the corruption of the supreme leader.’”
Mehdi Karroubi in this interview by pointing to the reasons of harsh reactions to his letter said: “The reason on why there have been such harsh reactions to a fully legal and rational letter should be found in the chaotic situation of country’s affairs. If the country had the necessary stability, all these heavy political and economical pressure would have not be imposed on the people and instead of creating tension on the international stage, professional diplomatic approach would have been used.”
Mehdi Karroubi added: “Such reactions happen in unusual societies under dictatorship as well as in restricted, silenced, self-censored and totalitarian environments not in a stable and firm society.”
The speaker of the third and sixth terms of the parliament by asking fundamental questions such as ‘Can the parliament which is elected by the people and has legislative and oversight roles, raise the issue of the president’s political incompetence?’ , stated: “ If the parliament attempts to start an independent matter and tries to launch an investigation, they (ruling powers) so harshly confront the parliament and say that no way ‘the parliament is on top of all affairs’ and Imam [Khomeini] said something (this quote) for his time.”
Mehdi Karroubi in an interview with Tagheer website said: “The Assembly of Experts is formed to chose a supreme leader and oversight his performance. It has been clearly stated in the law that in some cases the Assembly of Experts has the right to dismiss the supreme leader. For example if the supreme leader lacks the required qualifications, or because of old age say suffers from memory loss loses the qualifications for being the supreme leader, or the members of the Assembly of Experts find out that their choice was wrong from the beginning, in these cases the members of the Assembly of Experts have the right to dismiss and discharge the supreme leader [from his post].All these cases I mentioned are the clearly stated articles of the constitution. But they (hardliner ruling powers) say ‘don’t even mention the clearly stated laws of the constitution, don’t point out! Don’t even pronounce them!’ if this is the case then why the constitution was written at the first place?”
Mehdi Karroubi in answer to the question why the Assembly of Experts does not perform based on its responsibilities said: “Apparently the meanings and values have changed. Today we have reached a point that we don’t have any election but instead we have pseudo-elections! … Bravery has become crime and lies have become truth”
Mehdi Karroubi in his letter to the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani, by stating the characteristics of the government which one of them was “its accountability toward the people” by referring to the constitution reminded the Assembly of Experts of its responsibilities.
Mehdi Karroubi in his letter and in describing the current Assembly of Experts stated that this Assembly hold meetings twice a year and their activities is mainly limited to “parsing” , “visiting late Ayatollah Khomeini’s tomb”, “meeting with the supreme leader to praise him” and issuing “cliché statements”.
This reformist figure also bluntly stated the issue of violation of people’s rights by the organizations under the supreme leader and urged the chairman of the Assembly of Experts to think of a “solution”.