Ahmadinejad Responds after Revealing Judiciary Chief’s ‘confidential’ Letter

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Despite the Judiciary’s ‘confidential’ letter to President Ahmadinejad’s request to visit Evin prison as “inexpedient”, the president has not only published the confidential letter in question by Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani, but also gone as far as to publicly declaim via the presidential office’s news outlet that he has no need for the judiciary’s permission if he so chooses to visit the notorious jail, which currently houses most of Iran’s high profile political prisoners, including his ally and press advisor, Ali Akbar Javanfekr.

Ahmadinejad has been criticized by much of the Iranian press, both hardline and Reformist, who claim rather than address the dire economic situation, he would prefer to stir up controversy by insisting on a visit to Evin jail, against the advisement of the judiciary.

Ahmadinejad’s relations with Majles Speaker, Ali Larijani, and the head of the Judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, have long been fraught with tensions and have been progressively deteriorating in recent months.

Comments by Ali Larijani carried by Arman, close to former President Rafsanjani, seem to imply that Larijani sought to end the vicious circle of mutual recrimination because of the “conditions of the country” by cancelling a press conference in which Larijani intended to reply to the president’s direct attack made during the latter’s controversial press conference held on 2nd October.

In other domestic news

The Political Deputy of the President’s Office, Mohammad Jafar Behdad, has done something few have dared publicly and criticized Ali Saeidi, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards. Behdad told Shabake-ye Iran that Ahmadinejad is “hundreds of times more Principalist than the likes of Mr. Saedi and is more concerned about Islam, the revolution and the Leader”.

He added, “the possession of the title “representative of the Guardian Jurist doesn’t become a licence for the likes of Mr. Saedi to announce that Ahmadinejad doesn’t act in accordance with the acceptable standards and conditions of the regime”.

The response comes after Saedi in an interview with the Reformist daily, Etemaad, criticized the president saying, “we didn’t have occult foreknowledge to know what is going through the mind of Mr. Ahmadinejad and in the future what he will want to do ”. Seemingly regretful of his past support for the President.

Khabar Online carries an interview with former Minister of Science, Jafar Towqifi Dariyan, criticizing the current Ministry’s politicization of its retirement policy with respect to Iranian academics saying that “before the year 2005 [i.e. President Ahmadinejad’s election] the retirement of Professors did not have a political dimension”. Adding that, “the Ministry of Science doesn’t believe in the diversity of thought”.

Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai, the lawyer of former President Rafsanjani’s son, Mehdi Hashemi has told Fars News the prosecutor’s office has rejected his request for Hashemi’s status, so that collateral can be deposited for his release. Alizadeh Tabatabai citing clause (h), article (3) of the law for the formation of public and revolutionary courts

Alizadeh added, “those responsible at the Prosecutor’s Office could take my request but they will disagree until we too act on the basis of the law. They did not even give me any permission to enter the Prosecutor’s office”.

Hossein Abutarabi Fard, MP for Tehran and a Deputy Speaker of the Majles has told Bashgah-e khabarnegaran allegedly close to the IRGC Intelligence unit, that he disagrees with once again summoning President Ahmadinejad before the Majles to respond to questions over the economic turmoil currently afflicting the country. He is quoted as saying, “I disagree completely with this kind of discourse and language between the branches of government and don’t think it prudent”.

The Islamic Republic News Agency, whose head is Ahmadinejad’s jailed ally, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, reports the comments of the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Hassan Radmard, claiming that price increases in dairy products have been halted until April 2013. These comments come after rapid hikes in the price of meat, dairy and several other food stuffs, so much so that the Ministry has repeatedly come under fire in the Majles for failing to bring the situation under control.

Foreign Affairs

Fars News, close to the Revolutionary Guards, posts its interview with Syrian parliamentarian Ammar Assad, which echoes the government lines in both Iran and Syria. Assad is quoted as telling Fars, “Bashar al-Assad considers people (and their support) his criterion for remaining or not remaining in power”. He added, “”If he sees that people want him (to remain in power) naturally he will respond to people’s demand accordingly”.

The Persian language version of the interview posted by Fars is more extensive and includes heavy criticism of Western policy towards Syria, accusing the West of “demagoguery” in an attempt to deceive people.

While on the sidelines of World Energy Forum, Iran’s Minister of Oil, Rostam Qassemi, has said that Iran is producing 4 million barrels of crude oil daily and decried the statements regarding a decrease in Iran’s oil production as “false”.