Former “Kahrizak prosecutors” return to the headlines

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On the home front

Ali Akbar Heydari Far, the former deputy to the Tehran’s former chief prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, has lodged a complaint against the news site Baztab after being released from jail. Heydari Far’s name was revealed as amongst those responsible for allegations of torture and 3 deaths which occurred in Kahrizak detention centre after Iran’s controversial 2009 election and the unrest which followed. He was suspended as deputy prosecutor of Tehran as a result.

But in May of this year, Heydari Far was arrested after discharging a firearm at a gas station in Isfahan, when other customers protested his jumping line. Heydari Far was arrested on charges of “disrupting public order and security”, but has since been released. According to Baztab, Heydari Far’s complaint concerns his protesting the leak of his release from prison.

In related news, 118 MPs have signed a letter “thanking” the government in support of its changing the charter of the important Social Security Fund for the reinstatement of controversial former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, as its director. Mortazavi resigned from his former post as Tehran’s Chief Prosecutor after allegations of torture and the death of 3 young men in custody at Kahrizak detention centre. Amongst those who died were Mohsen Ruhol-Amini, the son of a prominent Conservative figure.

Though Mortazavi was compelled to resign after the Majles’ investigation into the Kahrizak case, he was later appointed to the Task Force against Smuggling, and then the Social Security Fund, which has considerable resources at its disposal.

The government has sought to circumvent a judicial order declaring Mortazavi’s appointment illegal because he is insufficiently qualified for the post, by changing the Social Security Fund’s charter, so that it is henceforth classified as an organization. Because of the change in its charter it has been renamed the Social Security Organization. As a result Mortazavi’s lawyer has claimed the Administrative Claims Tribunal order against Mortazavi’s appointment has been executed, and Mortazavi can remain in his position as director of the new body.

A Tehran court has absolved  Ali Akbar Javanfekr, President Ahmadinejad’s advisor on the media and chief of the Iran Cultural-Media Institute, of allegations made by the Inspectorate Organization of the Country.

Javanfekr had previously refused to cooperate with the Inspectorate because he rejected the premise that the Iran Cultural-Media Institute, which publishes the pro-government Iran Newspaper, was a government institution.  A complaint was subsequently lodged with the court due to Javanfekr’s failure to cooperate, and he consequently attended a meeting with a representative of Tehran’s Chief Prosecutor, to respond to the Inspectorate’s allegations. Tehran Court 1057 after hearing Javanfekr’s defence declared the Iran Cultural-Media Institute a non-governmental organization and absolved its chief.

The Conservative site Farda News criticizes the head of Iran’s Central Bank, Mahmoud Bahmani, and the Minister of the Economy, Shams ol-Din Hosseini, and alleges both men have dodged responsibility for the fluctuations in the exchange rate.

“It isn’t the first time we have heard from the authorities in official gatherings like the Majles the phrase “it has nothing to do with me”. The currency fluctuations which began some time ago and is accompanied by new challenges everyday has today been transformed into a crisis. The increase in the exchange rate has provoked the cries of everyone, from the businessman to the trader to employees in the private and state sector; all are living in the entanglements of the currency market. If you check the relevant markets, you will understand that the country’s economic condition has been suffering in a state of suspension”.

A closed session of the Majles will he held tomorrow with the Ministers of Intelligence, Oil and Economy of Iran in attendance, reported Fars News.

Raja News reports on the biography of Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, detailing his life up until the Iranian revolution of 1979, after the first edition was recalled due to “errors”. The report claims the book, named Sharh-e esm, was the bestselling of this year’s Tehran book fair.

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, in reaction to the recent UN nuclear governors’ censure of Iran’s refusal to suspend uranium enrichment in accordance with past UN resolutions, restated Iran’s “complete readiness for cooperation with the Agency [IAEA]”.

Regarding today’s scheduled meeting in Istanbul between Supreme National Security chief, Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, Mehmanparast commented, “the meeting between Ashton and Jalili in Istanbul will pursue the decisions  which had been taken at the Moscow meeting between the representatives of Iran and the P5+1”.

President Ahmadinejad’s Deputy for Constitutional Affairs, Mohammadreza Mirtaj ol-Dini, in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency, has claimed “reports have reached us indicating that the President’s media presence in New York and at the United Nations will face limitations”. Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on the 26 September, which also falls on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

The President’s deputy added that President Ahmadinejad’s presence at American universities had been prevented in the past, and “we have news that enemies are struggling to also limit these meetings”. Mirtaj ol-Dini also stated that because Iran currently holds the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the president will hold meetings with NAM members during his time in New York.

Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, has expressed his “readiness for any kind of regional cooperation”, ISNA has reported.

Raja News posts the complete text and video of Hezbollah Chairman, Hassan Nasrallah’s speech in response to the controversial film deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad.

The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, Feridun Abbasi, has announced a 50 percent increase in centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment facility in a speech at the annual meeting of the IAEA in Vienna.

Image source: Fars News Agency