Khamenei website says 2009 protests ‘unforgivable’

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The personal website of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published a poster suggesting a court case that rules the 2009 protests “unforgivable.”

The poster, whose slogan of “unforgivable” was recently repeated by Iran’s police chief, will have significant ramifications for President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, which according to administration officials has been working behind the scenes for the release of 2009 presidential candidates from house arrest. Continue reading

Rouhani, judiciary at odds over house arrests, returning exiles

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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

Minister Denies Rouhani Will Play Role in Mousavi, Karroubi Case

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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.

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Khatami: If I Run In The Elections, The People Will Pay the Price

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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

Khamenei’s representative in Revolutionary Guards: the “rational and logical engineering of the election” is the Guards’ duty

Hojjat al-Islam Ali Saeidi, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards in an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency on Tuesday, 8th January 2013, has stated that it is the “rational and logical engineering of the election” is the duty of the Revolutionary Guards, and has asked Principalists to put their differences aside in the future election.

Saeidi continued, “the Revolutionary Guards only explain the framework and criteria, which is not interference in the election, but the rational and logical engineering of the election it is our essential duty”.

Saeidi also rejected the calls for “national unity” which have been advocated by individuals such as former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and in contrast to some Principalist politicians such as Ali Motahhari and Habibollah Asgarowladi, and said he regarded former regime insiders turned opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, as “seditionist”.

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