20 Aug 2009 13:07
Kayhan closure awaits Mortazavi approval
ILNA | August 20, 2009
The hardline Kayhan daily has been suspended by the media court after its editor, Hossein Shariatmadari, was no-show at a session scheduled to hear charges filed in a the lawsuit by a representative of Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Ali-Reza Beheshti filed the suit after Kayhan published a report suggesting that Mousavi and his supporters had silenced lawmaker Seyyed Hassan Ayat before he could make public his report on the former prime minister.
A lawmaker from the first Parliament, Ebrahim Esrafilian, claimed in an interview with Kayhan that Ayat had been assassinated before he had the opportunity to submit a report to Majlis implicating Mousavi.
Esrafilian claimed that the report had later surfaced in the Foreign Ministry.
Judge Mansouri ordered the closure of the daily when Shariatmadari failed to appear in court after being summoned for a second time. The case has been referred to Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi for approval.
Should Mortazavi disagree with the order of closure, the case will be sent to court.
"God willing we will get to a 70-million strong intelligence system."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on his choice of Heidar Moslehi, an advanced theologian who is close to the Basiji militia and the IRGC, for Intelligence Minister. Source: Los Angeles Times
Court temporarily suspends Mashai from government service
Ayandeh News | August 20, 2009
Esfandyar Rahim Mashai has been suspended from government services for a two-month period over a case of financial corruption when he headed the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization.
According to an article in Jomhouri Islami newspaper on Thursday, Mashai has been suspended from taking part in any government activity for two months.
Attempts are reportedly being made, however, to immediately appeal Mashai's sentence.
Rahim Mashai, whose daughter is married to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's son, was previously appointed by the Iranian president as his first deputy. Iran's Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a handwritten order told the president to nullify the appointment.
Iran's Leader has the final say in all matters of state.
New Friday Prayers Leader appointed for Tehran
Mowjcamp.com | August 19, 2009
Reports indicate that Kazem Seddiqi will be appointed as Tehran's new Friday Prayers leader; the prayer will be led by Ayatollah Ahamd Jannati this week.
After violent clashes fallowed the Friday Prayers' sermon delivered by Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the head of the Assembly of Experts refrained last week from attending the weekly ritual and was replaced by Ahmad Khatami.
According to an Ayandeh News report, despite Tehran having four interim Friday Prayers Leaders and one permanent one, it has been decided that Seddiqi will become the sixth cleric to lead the prayers in the capital.
Qom clerics criticize Mojtaba Khamenei's meddling
Mowjcamp.com | August 18, 2009
A group of clerics from the Qom seminary secretly visited Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to voice their objection to his son Mojtaba Khamenei's interference in the country's affairs.
According to a report by the reformist website Mowjcamp, the prominent group of clerics visited the Leader a few days prior to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's endorsement ceremony and spoke in criticism of the recent developments in the country.
The report states that Qom's interim Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini and Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli's son Morteza were among the delegation.
The clerics held Mojtaba Khamenei responsible for many of the recent events. The Leader, however, rejected his son's involvement in the incidents and the meeting ended without reaching any conclusion.
It should be noted that many of the prominent clerics in Qom, including Ayatollah's Amini and Javadi-Amoli, did not attend Ahmadinejad's endorsement ceremony.
Ahmadinejad Office refers man in-need to Karroubi
Etemad Melli | August 20, 2009
A Qazvin resident who has sunk into debt following repeated surgeries, upon applying to the Iranian president's office for assistance, was told to seek aid from Reformist contender Mehdi Karroubi.
The disabled Iranian man, who had gone to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's office to inquire about letters he had written to the president, was treated in a terse manner and threatened.
"At the president's office, I was mistreated by the staff and despite being unable to walk without crutches, I was sent from one room to the next. I was told that I could not be helped for any of my problems which include inability to pay my medical bills and rent and repay my loans," the unnamed citizen told Salam News.
"When I spoke out against their bad behavior and said Ahmadinejad's claims about helping the destitute are just talk because he is not helping me, they threatened to send me to Kahrizak."
This resident of Qazvin said as he was about to leave the office of the president, one of the staff told him, "If you need your problems solved go to Karroubi's office, as we cannot do anything for you."
Infuriated, he replied, "They should not threaten someone who is already suffering from all sorts of misfortunes. Because of the insults hurled at me at the president's office, I will not rest until I have reclaimed my rights."
Cleric wants Karroubi lashed 80 times
Rokhdad | August 19, 2009
Kerman Friday Prayers Leader, Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Yahya Jafari, said that Mehdi Karroubi should receive punishment of 80-lashes for alleging that post-election detainees have been raped in custody.
Speaking at the cultural council meeting in Kerman on Tuesday, Jafari criticized Karroubi for sending his controversial letter to Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani instead of then Judiciary chief Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi.
Karroubi had requested an investigation into detainee rapes. The letter was met with mixed reactions from both sides of Iran's political spectrum.
"Mr. Karroubi, who do you think Rafsanjani is? If there was a problem, you should have informed Ayatollah Shahroudi," Jafari said.
"Karroubi must take 80 lashes, as Ayatollah [Sadeq] Larijani, the new Judiciary Chief, has pledged to enforce the law without any compromise. Of course this will be difficult because the Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has said Karroubi was one of the pillars of the revolution up until a few years ago."
"The over ambition of some people! I swore [before the election] that this gentleman [Karroubi] would not become president and now that you have not been elected president you write a letter to Hashemi and make such claims."
"All those who were in detention now want to take this gentleman [Karroubi] to court for this claim [detainee rapes]. Mr, Karroubi, is this your definition of piety?"
"Piety becomes known when one is tested and if we fail in this test we lack piety," Jafari opined.
Jafari went on to say that the detainees had all requested the prosecution of the instigators of the unrest. "They [detainees] say those behind the unrest [opposition figures including Mir Hossein Mousavi] must be arrested and tried."
"That gentleman [Mousavi] was once prime minister but this does not mean that he should not be held responsible [for the unrest]."
Khomeini, martyrs would have approved of 'Green Path'
ILNA | August 20, 2009
Fatemeh Rakei, Secretary-General of the Innovative Muslim Women's Society, said Mir Hossein Mousavi's 'Green Path of Hope' is in line with the ideals of Imam Khomeini and its continuation would please the Imam and martyrs.
"The 'Green Path of Hope' is a beginning for the return of values, morality and humane behavior [to society]. This path was initiated when Mousavi returned to the political arena, after years of waiting by the nation and frequent calls by politicians and the Imam's trusted companions."
The head of the sixth parliament's women's faction added that the leaders of the Green Path could expand and promote the movement with the help of popular figures and scholars.
Rakei went on to praise Mehdi Karroubi and Seyyed Mohammad Khatami for their exemplary role in exposing hidden facts and not folding under pressure, saying that this had secured a unique place for the two Reformist politicians in the hearts of the people.
"It is expected of Mousavi to lead all Reformists and those in search for change on this path," she said.
Ansari: Ignoring Karroubi letter will damage establishment
Parleman News | August 19, 2009
Jamshid Ansari, the head of the Majlis Reformist bloc, said ignoring Mehdi Karroubi's letter will severely damage the establishment.
"Some of these gentlemen believe the contents of Mr. Karroubi's letter will be damaging to the reputation of the establishment but it should be noted that not investigating his claims, attempting to prevent the issue from being raised and implicating the person who has brought up the issue is what will damage the establishment."
"In his first letter and the explanations he offered accordingly, Mr. Karroubi requested an investigation into the reports [of detainee rapes]," Ansari said, referring to Karroubi's letter to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, in which the reformist cleric expressed his readiness to offer proof of his claims of sexual abuse.
"What Mr. Karroubi said was that it is unjustifiable to see such issues [detainee rapes] raised in the Islamic Republic and not have their truth or fallacy investigated."
"Dealing with Mr. Karroubi's letter does not require rejecting it before investigating the allegations or having Friday Prayers leaders reject it and expecting public opinion to accept [the rejection without investigation]."
"Impartial groups must be formed by Majlis and the Judiciary, which is responsible for dealing with such incidents, to speak with probable victims, review the evidence and determine the truth behind them," Ansari suggested.
"Even if there is one percent truth to Mr. Karroubi's claims in his letter, the guilty individuals must be relentlessly dealt with so that the establishment will be cleaned of corruption."
When asked about the Kahrizak detention center, the Zanjan representative said, "The guilty Kahrizak authorities must be severely punished as they acted in violation of their legal responsibilities."
Ansari went on to say that punishing Kahrizak authorities would restore public confidence in the establishment.
"Certain parties think that by denying the truth and covering it up, they can buy immunity for the establishment but what will convince public opinion is only seeing the perpetrators brought to justice."
The Reformist lawmaker went on to criticize the performance of the Majlis truth-finding committee saying it had failed to win the trust of the people.
"The members of this committee are in a rush to defend the incidents that took place in the country and deny any charges brought up against officials."
Joke of the Day...
The election in Afghanistan is over and Ahmadinejad won with 42 million votes.