Conservative and outspoken Iranian MP Ali Motahhari criticized the head of the judiciary for indicting him after he questioned the independence of the judiciary for the harsh sentences that many political activists received for the 2009 election protests.
While the indictment of Motahhari appears to be mostly symbolic at the moment, since MPs have immunity unless they violate the constitution, the judiciary’s actions and statements made by hard-liners in regard to the 2009 protests reveal still deep divide at the upper echelon of the Islamic Republic of Iran over the 2009 contested election and those who are still imprisoned for challenging the results. Continue reading →
When President Hassan Rouhani called for a special committee on the return of individuals who left Iran after the 2009 election protests, the judiciary publicly responded that anyone who committed a crime would be pursued upon returning. The judiciary also said that there would be no change in the status of the house arrests of Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, detentions that have exceeded 1,000 days. Continue reading →
Contradicting his previous statements, Iran’s Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi said that President Hassan Rouhani’s administration would not get involved in the effort to release Mir Hussein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavarad and Mehi Karroubi, who are approaching nearly 1,000 days of house arrest.
Fatemeh Karroubi, the wife of Mehdi Karroubi who is currently under house arrest without charge for contesting the outcome of the 2009 presidential elections, has written an open letter criticizing a conservative politician’s request that Karroubi “repent.”
Former President Mohammad Khatami spoke to a group of veterans, discussing not only the likely outcome of his candidacy but also the critical state Iran is facing domestically and internationally.
“The reality is that they will not allow me to enter the political scene,” Khatami said, meaning the security and intelligence forces, who are under the control of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He added: “Assume I run … their unhappiness and concerns will increase and they will make you pay the cost, and it will be a cost with no results. Personally, for me, the cost that will be imposed on the people with my candidacy is an unbearable cost. Especially when they don’t want it and they will not allow it how can I run, and even more so, how can one move forward a nation which has so many difficulties and hardships? Assuming I run, it would be to pay the price to make things better, but not to pay a price for things to get worse.” Continue reading →