Motahari: security officials sowing discord
06 Aug 2009 23:44
Source: Tabnak Dr. Ali Motahari, a member of Majlis representing Tehran, said broadcasting confessions of officials accused of treason, indicated that security authorities did not want to see unity among Iranian officials.
A few days before the Supreme Leader's official endorsement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian state television aired confessions made by a number of those arrested after the election.
In the confessions, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad Khatami and Mir Hossein Mousavi were accused of conspiring to stage a coup, inciting unrest and committing treason.
"In my opinion," said Motahari, "broadcasting detainee confessions in which Messrs Rafsanjani, Khatami and Mousavi were accused of trying to stage a velvet revolution before the endorsement ceremony, was the main reason Mr. Rafsanjani did not attend the ceremony."
Motahari claimed that Rafsanjani had originally intended to attend before the confessions were broadcast. "I believe there are certain individuals among the security apparatus who do not want to see unity among high-ranking Iranian officials."
When asked if 'party prejudice' or 'personal enmity' had prompted a number of former officials and Reformist lawmakers to skip Ahmadinejad's swearing-in ceremony, Motahari said, "These individuals might have had complaints about the election process and the incidents following it and might not have been convinced."
"Going over the mistakes made by both sides, finding and punishing the guilty parties can help reach mutual understanding."
Motahari called for an investigation into the complaints lodged and the offenses committed by both sides. "Those who have provoked people to unrest and those who have breached Islamic values and violated the rights of the people in dealing with protesters must be brought to justice," he said.
Motahari, who is a member of the Majlis Cultural Commission, described the National Security Council's punishment of certain 'guilty officers' as the best way to resolve the current problems and to restore calm.
The son of the late Ayatollah Motahari, called for overcoming 'party prejudice' in order to promote cooperation between Majlis and the government.
"We must guide the country in the direction of calm and constructive action," he said.