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Iran’s Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi has once again expressed his deep concern about the continuation of what he called the “sedition,” a term used by the establishment to refer to the Green Movement which began following massive vote rigging in the 2009 presidential election.
According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Moslehi made the comments during an event on Tuesday 1 February in the northern city of Amol. ”We must be aware of the fact that last year’s sedition against the Islamic Republic of Iran is still ongoing,” said the Minister.
”While the Supreme Leader has warned about the ongoing sedition in all his speeches, it seems that some amongst the elite are still remaining silent when it comes to last year’s sedition,” he continued.
”The seditionists both inside and outside the country have invested a great deal and are currently planning to achieve their goals,” Moslehi warned, while claiming that much of the secrets behind the so-called “sedition” have not yet been publicised for various reasons. “The fact that many of the elite have remained silent [and not condemned the Green Movement], is cause for regret,” he said.
At the event, Moslehi also acknowledged the presence of religious clerics within the Green Movement and called for greater action against anti-government clergymen. ”Those who joined the sedition in the outfit of the clergy, must be dealt with in good time and in the same way that others were dealt with.”
The Minister went on to add that “the yardstick in Islamic governance in Iran is the Velayate Faghih [Guardianship of the Jurist]. The Valiye Faghih is the pillar of this system.” Moslehi also asserted that the post-election turmoil in the country was not solely about an election dispute, but “following Ashura [anti-government protests on 27 December 2009], documents were obtained in the house of one of the detained, which showed that the sedition was seeking much greater goals.”
“Thankfully, with the wisdom of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, all of these conspiracies are being neutralised,” he said, while maintaining that “those who run the sedition inside and outside the country are still resisting and in recent days, one of the leaders of the sedition [Green Movement] has insisted upon advancing the movement and remained persistenthis stance.”
“The Supreme Leader has adopted effective measures for dealing with the seditionists,” he said. “There’s no need to worry,” he concluded reassuringly.
Similar statements have also been made by other members of the ruling elite in Iran, with Ahmad Jannati, the head of the conservative Guardian Council saying that the opposition movement was like “fire under the ash” and preparing for further actions in the future.
Yet at the same time in contradiction to such sentiments, other voices from within the establishment continue to insist that the Green Movement is “dead” and has “no influence whatsoever” among the Iranian masses. Such claims will be put to the test on 14 February when the opposition plans to hold massive rallies in support of the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia.
Green Voice of Freedom
December 31, 2010 • 11:24p12 0
Iran’s Intelligence Minister says Opposition Leaders made detailed plans to eliminate religion in Iran
Iranian intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi accused the opposition of making detailed plans to eliminate religion from Iran. In Qom’s Feizieh Seminary School, Moslehi referred to a “moving document” which delineates the “overthrow of religion in Iran.”
Moslehi said that the document has been examined by an expert who has identified the writers of the document. He added that the literature of this text corresponds with that of the Toudeh Party, Iran’s first communist party.
Iranian conservatives have repeatedly accused the reformist factions of sedition. They have now taken the attacks against the reformists a step further by accusing them of being against religion.
Pro-government media have referred to Alireza Beheshti, a top MirHosein Mousavi aide, as the author of this document.
Alireza Beheshti is the son of prominent cleric, Ayatollah Beheshti who was killed in the early years of the Islamic Republic in an explosion at the office of Islamic Republic Party which he had founded.
Alireza Beheshti who was also in charge of the opposition’s committee for investigating the post-election violence, was arrested twice in the post-election crackdown on protesters and released on bail.
The Minister of Intelligence stressed that the “sedition” has been twenty years in the making and maintained that a “soft war” is being waged against the Islamic Republic by “creating public discontent through highlighting shortcomings on the economy, by creating social NGO’s that follow their agenda and by using widespread psychological and media strategies to show the government is ineffective.”
October 31, 2010 • 11:24p10 0
آقای وزیر اطلاعات! این مناصب غنیمت نیست، آزمون آخرت است / Former prosecutor crticizes Iran’s intelligence ministry
Mehdi Hadavi, first prosecutor general of the Islamic Republic, criticized the current imposition of intelligence officers on the judiciary, in a letter to Iran’s Minister of Intelligence, Heydar Moslehi.
Kaleme website reports that Mehdi Hadavi refers to the recent arrest of his son in the letter, writing: “An official organization should not comport itself like armed robbers or kidnappers.”
Hadavi’s son, Mohammad Amin Hadavi, was arrested two weeks ago and taken to an unknown location. About two weeks later, Hadavi’s grandson, Shafiq Hadavi was also arrested by the authorities.
Tehran’s Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced earlier that Mohammad Amin Hadavi was arrested over security charges but gave no further information regarding his situation.
In his letter, which was also forwarded to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, Mehdi Hadavi writes that officials appeared at the home of his son in inappropriate attire and arrested his son without even presenting a proper arrest warrant.
He writes: “Isn’t the Ministry of Intelligence an official government body? Why do they arrest people secretively without giving proper information to their family? The identities of prisoners in Guatanamo and Abu Ghuraib were clear but over here it is not clear who is arresting people; why people are being arrested and where people are being taken to.”
Islamic Republic’s first prosecutor general maintains that the only reason the security officials do not present a proper arrest warrant could be that “the judiciary is impotent and your staff (intelligence officers) do whatever they want.”
Mehdi Hadavi, head of Qom judiciary in 1963, refused to pass an exile sentencing for Ayatollah Khomeini and was therefore dismissed from his post and transferred to Tehran.
Ayatollah Khomeini later returned to Iran after the fall of Iran’s last monarch to establish the Islamic Republic after the Revolution of 1979.
Hadavi, who is now 85 years old, then became the first prosecutor of the Revolution and for a while served as a member of the Guardian Council.