19 Aug 2009 12:01
Larijani and Ahmadinejad to shuffle ministers
Etemad-e Melli | August 19, 2009
Reports indicate that newly-appointed Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani has been reshuffling his personnel and appointing former Ahmadinejad ministers to key positions.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Minister of Labor, Mohammad Jahromi, will become Larijani's executive deputy [*not sure what post this is]. Former intelligence minister, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, will replace Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najadabadi as Prosecutor General.
Larijani has also decided on a new Tehran Prosecutor. Morteza Bakhtiari will replace Saeed Mortazavi, who will reportedly be joining the new Ahmadinejad administration.
Bakhtiari's previous positions include head of the Prisons Organization, head of the Khorasan Province Justice Department and governor of Isfahan.
Larijani to sack Tehran prosecutor
Mowjcamp.com | Date August 19, 2009
New Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani is set to remove Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, according to informed sources.
The report, carried by the Jomhuri Islami daily, says Mortazavi will be replaced by the prosecutor of one of the eastern provinces.
According to the report, Larijani will be reshuffling a number of other high-ranking judiciary officials.
Iran halts execution of seven people
Reuters | August 19, 2009
Iran's new judiciary chief halted the planned execution on Wednesday of seven convicted criminals, including a man who was under 18 when he stabbed a boy to death, Iranian news agencies reported.
The move was announced four days after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani as the new head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary, one of the country's most powerful positions.
"Seven convicts, including my client Behnoud Shojaie, were scheduled to be executed in Evin prison this morning," the ILNA news agency quoted lawyer Mohammad Mostafaie as saying. Read
Karroubi says he wants to present rape evidence
Ayandeh News | August 19, 2009
Mehdi Karroubi, the General Secretary of the National Confidence Party, has requested a meeting with the heads of the three branches of government (Judiciary, Legislative and Executive), the head of the Assembly of Experts and the Prosecutor General to offer his documentation on detainee rapes.
In a letter to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Karroubi says, "Given that the late Imam [Rouhollah] Khomeini said that 'Majlis is at the head of all affairs' and that Majlis is the nation's home and your person is aware of many of the issues, I would like to request a meeting to be scheduled with the participation of the heads of the branches of government (Judiciary, Legislative and Executive: Sadeq Larijani, Ali Larijani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad), the head of the Assembly of Experts [Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani] and Prosecutor General Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi, as the former judiciary chief appointed him as an intermediary between him and myself, and if need be, a member of the truth-finding committee should also be present. I will provide them with proof of everything I have claimed, so that after hearing what I have to say it will become clear whether I have been defaming the Islamic establishment or those who have been using sacred podiums to call on Judiciary and security officials to crack down on the people.
'I await your responsible and speedy action."
Reuters | August 19, 2009
Iranian reformist cleric Mehdi Karoubi on Wednesday asked to meet top officials including the president to be able to present evidence of the rape of some detained post-election protesters, his party said.
The Etemad-e Melli website said Karoubi made the call in a letter to parliament speaker Ali Larijani, who has dismissed Karoubi's rape allegations last week as "baseless."
The meeting should be attended by Larijani, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and the state prosecutor, Karoubi said.
"I ask you to organize a meeting ... in which I can personally present my documents and evidence over the cases of sexual abuse in some prisons," Karoubi said in the letter.
Scholar fired over Press TV connections
Swissinfo | August 19, 2009
Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been fired from his position at a Netherlands university over connections to an Iranian-funded television channel.
In a statement, the municipality of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam said that the Swiss-born theologian's hosting of a programme on Iran's Press TV was "irreconcilable" with his position as a guest professor.
"Although there is no doubt at all concerning Dr Ramadan's personal dedication, both boards found this indirect relationship with a repressive regime, or even the impression of being associated with it, not acceptable," the university wrote.
It said Ramadan should have "immediately and unambiguously" ended its relationship with the channel but noted it was happy with his work.
Ramadan, who will chair an Islamic studies department at Oxford University at the beginning of September, also lost his position as an advisor on integration with the city of Rotterdam.
In a statement released on Tuesday on his personal website, Ramadan said he had taken the job with Press TV, an English-language channel, as "the path of critical debate".
"I accepted no obligations," he wrote, adding that he intended to take "all the time necessary to make the proper decision".
That wasn't enough for the Dutch, who noted that other academics formerly associated with Press TV had severed ties in light of Iran's crackdown on democracy activists. Read
Peres: Russia to reconsider missile sale to Iran
AP | August 19
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday the Kremlin has promised to reconsider the planned delivery of air defense missiles to Iran that Israel and the U.S. fear could be used to protect Iran's nuclear facilities.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made the pledge during their talks Tuesday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Peres said.
"President Medvedev gave a promise he will reconsider the sales of S-300s because it affects the delicate balance which exists in the Middle East," Peres told reporters via video link from Sochi.
A Kremlin spokesman wouldn't immediately comment on Peres' statement.