Tehran Prosecutor Sacked
29 Aug 2009 19:12
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, the new Prosecutor General, was previously head of the judiciary in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. briefs Hojjatoleslam Sadegh Larijani, the new chief of the judiciary, has fired Saeed Mortazavi, the notorious Prosecutor General of Tehran and of the Revolutionary Court. Larijani has appointed Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi to replace him.
Mortazavi was responsible for the arrest and torture of many journalists, young bloggers, human rights advocates, political activists and reformist leaders. He was behind the closure of more than 200 newspapers, weeklies, and monthlies.
Mortazavi has been implicated in the death of Dr. Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian-Canadian photojournalist who was killed while in custody. She was taking photos of the notorious Evin prison when arrested. The attorneys for her family, Abdolfattah Soltani and Shirin Ebadi, have stated that there were three fractures in Dr. Kazemi's skull, her body was bruised in many places, and there were indications that she might have been raped. -- Muhammad Sahimi
Motahari: Ahmadinejad not in sync with Supreme Leader
Ayandeh News | August 29, 2009
Ali Motahari, a member of Majlis from Tehran, said if the opposition must answer for its actions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must also answer for his debate with Mir Hossein Mousavi, which kicked off the post-election dispute.
Motahari also that Ahmadinejad's remarks in this week's Friday Prayers were ambiguous for him. "It was not very clear for me what the President was trying to say. Maybe he wanted to abdicate his responsibility as the head of the National Security Council and as a crisis manager in dealing with these infringements."
Motahari was referring to remarks made by Ahmadinejad at the Friday Prayers in which he said "the incidents that took place in the Tehran University dormitory and the detention centers and the like were all part of an enemy scenario and were caused by those affiliated with the velvet coup movement."
"The Supreme Leader's wise words about the situation over the past few days confirm that infringements and even crimes have been committed by a number officers, but the president's remarks were in contrast with that of the Leader. In any case, a number of their officers and authorities are guilty and must be tried. The judges who sent the detained protestors to places such as Kahrizak must also be tried."
"These individuals are guilty, and as the Leadership said, they must be held accountable and seriously dealt with. Therefore, Mr. Ahmadinejad's remarks in this regard are merely allegations and no court has yet reviewed the case."
"Just as the rioters were at fault, unfortunately, despite their past services, so were some of the security and civil forces and the charges against them must be reviewed along with the cases of the rioters. As the Leader said, the greatest crime was committed by those who dragged people to the streets under the pretext of vote fraud."
When asked if Ahmadinejad meant Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami by "the original elements behind the unrest," Motahari said, "It appears that Mr. Ahmadinejad meant these people, but I think he should be asked directly. He needs to offer a transparent and accurate explanation about who he was referring to."
"I believe that the president's remarks yesterday were not in sync with that of the Leader, because the Leader expressed doubt about the affiliation of these people to foreigners and stressed that one cannot make decisions based on rumors and conjecture."
"The country is presently in a sensitive position. The issue here is not Mr. Ahmadinejad's government or the person of Mr. Mousavi. Right now, the establishment is in trouble. We must all try to calm the atmosphere and refrain from provocation. We must create a reasonable and logical atmosphere. If the leaders of the recent unrest are to be tried, everyone who has had a role in them must also be tried."
"I believe that the judiciary has a firm resolve in this regard [dealing with guilty parties] and the new Judiciary Chief [Sadeq Larijani] has the right amount of sensitivity about the infringements made in the recent unrest."
"If the guilt of the offenders, who mistreated detainees, is proven, we must not make concessions with the excuse of saving the establishment and we must not put the establishment before the people."
Motahari pointed to the dismissal of a number of judges and 12 police officers for infringing on the rights of detainees and said, "Up to now investigations have run a good course and the Leader is also seriously following the case and wants the punishment of the officials in charge of the incidents that took place in the detention centers."
Regarding his meeting with Karroubi, Motahari told Mehr News Agency, "Mr. Karroubi has not changed his previous stance and wants the cases of the four victims who have personally gone to him to be thoroughly investigated."
"It is only right for Mr. Karroubi to request security guarantees for these individuals. They should have such guarantees in order to be able to come forth and tell the truth-finding committee their information."
Motahari concluded by saying that the special parliamentary committees were diligently investigating the allegations of secret burials at the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery.