Nekounam: Mousavi should be put on trial
03 Aug 2009 23:33
Hojjatoleslam Mohammad-Ibrahim Nekounam, Deputy Head of the Majlis Article 90 Commission, said if he were the judge presiding over the trial of the post-election detainees, he would put Mir Hossein Mousavi in the defendant's seat for instigating all the unrest.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an open parliamentary session, Nekounam said he was against the broadcast of the detainee confessions. He said he believed "interviews with the figures who had a role in the recent events was closer to the law."
In response to a question about Mohammad Atrianfar and Mohammad-Ali Abtahi's confessions in court, Nekounam said, "These people are our friends and are considered important figures and we are happy to see them return to the right path."
In response to a question about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claims that former intelligence minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei had not provided him with reports regarding the developments during the post-vote unrest, Nekounam said, "The intelligence minister repeatedly informed the nation about the latest developments on national television."
Regarding the special committee formed by Majlis to inspect section 209 of Evin Prison, Nekounam said, "Prisoners told the committee that they were happy with their conditions in prison and that they had no complaints."
The Iranian parliament has tasked a 10-member parliamentary committee to investigate the deaths and detentions of the post-election protesters.
Members of the special committee recently visited section 209 of Evin Prison, which is under the complete control of the Intelligence Ministry, and reported that they had found no proof of mistreatment or abuse of detainees in that section.
On Sunday, Kazem Jalali, a spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, rejected media reports of torture and harsh conditions in the detention center. "It is only natural for the prisoners to feel uncomfortable," he said, "After all, it's a prison, not a hostel."
[Note: The Article 90 Commission is tasked with investigating any complaints about the performance of the executive and judiciary branches.
Article 90 of the Iranian Constitution :
Whoever has a complaint concerning the work of the Assembly or the executive power, or the judicial power can forward his complaint in writing to the Assembly. The Assembly must investigate his complaint and give a satisfactory reply. In cases where the complaint relates to the executive or the judiciary, the Assembly must demand a proper investigation in the matter and an adequate explanation; it must announce the results within a reasonable time. In cases where the subject of the complaint is of public interest, the reply must be made public. ]