Zohreh Tabib Zadeh, a former Ahmadinejad deputy and chief of the Center for Women’s Affairs and currently an MP and member of the neoconservative Endurance Front for the Islamic Revolution, has protested the release of Mehdi Hashemi, the controversial son of former President Ali Akbar Hasehmi Rafsanjani, and has called for the former’s execution.
Tabib Zadeh told Shabestan, the news agency of the Ministry for Islamic Guidance, that “the judiciary must issue a ruling for Mehdi Hashemi like the one they did for [Abdolmalek] Rigi [the former head of the armed Baluchi group the Jundollah].”
She continued, “the behaviour of the judiciary with Mehdi Hashemi was not just. His crime was similar to that of Rigi, but because Rigi didn’t have a father who was a member of the regime leadership, just as he was arrested, he was executed. But because [Hashemi’s father] is part of the regime leadership, this kind of action doesn’t take place with respect to his crime. … Was Mehdi Hashemi involved in the sedition of 2009 [i.e., the post-2009 unrest which took place after the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] or not? Were six Basiji individuals martyred because of his management of the sedition or not?
“Mehdi Hashemi, because he uses the wealth and influence of his father, he has every kind of freedom and resource in his control and it is not clear who must answer to these six Basiji families who were martyred in 2009?”
Mehr News reports the comments of Mohsen Rezai, Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council: “The future government is very important because of the existence of economic problems and the sanctions debate on the international level, must be solved.”
Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi, a prominent hardline ideologue and member of the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution, has claimed in the course of a lecture at the University of Tabriz in Azerbaijan that ethnic jokes are the work of Western spy agencies.
The office of Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the Iraqi born former head of the Iranian judiciary, has denied, amid rumours of a possible presidential bid, that the powerful Ayatollah close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has any intention to run in the upcoming election.
Ghareman Shojai, the lawyer of Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the press advisor and ally of President Ahmadinejad, has told Bashgah-e khabarnegaran that the President had no role in the granting of a furlough to his client. Javanfekr was sentenced to six months in jail because of his oversight of a controversial publication which was deemed insulting to the traditional black veil, known as the chador.
Khabar Online, close to Majles Speaker Ali Larijani, reports that Mohammadreza Bahonar, Deputy Majles Speaker and head of the influential Society of Islamic Engineers, at a meeting of the latter in Khuzestan province has said: “in the Reformist camp, those who had a role in the sedition of 2009, must not under any circumstances be tolerated in the future election.”
The Tehran Prosecutor has found the pronouncements of Hojjat al-Islam Hamid Rasai, an MP and prominent supporter of the Ahmadinejad government, “criminal” and announced such to the Prosecutor of Special Court for Clerics.
Rasai openly denounced Mehdi Hashemi, the son of former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, on the Majles floor and even went so far as to deem him the “mother of corruption.” The Endurance Front member and student of the hardline Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi also implied that Hashemi’s activities had been thoroughly backed with the support of his powerful father.