Ahmadinejad’s VP interrogated 11 times over 55 hours

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Mohammad Reza Rahimi, vice president under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has broken his silence about his judicial problems.

Rahimi has long been rumored to have had some involvement in a corruption case involving Iran’s largest insurance company.

Last week, conservative parliament member Ali Motahhari accused the judiciary of lacking independence and asked why accusations against Rahimi were never pursued. Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jaffar Dowlatabadi responded that the judiciary indeed had gone after Rahimi and that he was out on bail.

However, Dowlatabadi did not share details of the case. Rahimi’s lawyer also confirmed that his client was out on bail but denied that it had anything to do with the corruption case of the Iran Insurance Co.

Rahimi told Fars News at the funeral of an Iranian official’s brother that he had been silent about the accusations and the court case but said for “for the last two years, during 11 sessions, for 55 hours, I was interrogated.”

Rahimi criticized the prosecutor for publicly speaking about his case because his case was still being investigated and that no indictment or announcement of a crime has been issued.

The case against him is “political,” said Rahimi, who was upset that statements by the prosecutor caused concern among his friends, family and others close to him. Rahimi was also upset that accusations against him were aired on television because his mother is ill and has had suffered from heart attacks and his wife has had two heart surgeries.

“A court case has to be convened and I will present my explanations,” he said. But in suggesting that he may not have a fair trial, he said: “The only court in which there is not even a small amount of injustice is divine justice because we are all Muslims and the absolute ruler is God.”

Rahimi said that all of his problems began once he became vice president, and that he has never had any other trouble before that. He served as vice president from 2009 to 2013.

He said that, after all of his interrogations, he told the prosecutors that they could ask him any other questions if they needed to in the future. When asked by the Fars reporter who specifically interrogated him, he laughed.

Media speculated about Rahimi’s involvement after one of the defendants in the case said in 2010 that he had given signed blank checks to an individual with the initials MR to use at his discretion for supporting conservative parliamentary candidates in the 2008 parliamentary elections.

In total, 78 individuals have been tied to this case.