08 Sep 2009 14:05
Mousavi and Karroubi aides arrested
Tehran Bureau | September 9, 2009
On the order of Tehran's new Prosecutor-General, Morteza Alviri, a senior aid to Mehdi Karroubi, was arrested at his home. This happened after security agents sealed Karroubi's office and confiscated documents about rape victims in the detention centers.
The security agents also arrested Alireza Beheshti, a senior aid to Mir Hossein Mousavi. He is a son of Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, one of the leading figures of the 1979 Revolution and the first judiciary chief after the revolution. He died in an explosion in the office of the Islamic Republic Party in June 1989, which also killed at least 100 other leading political figures of the time.
It appears that the hardliners are trying to either completely isolate the leaders of the Green Movement by arresting their key senior aids, or these arrests represent just the first steps toward arresting Mousavi, Karroubi, and Mohammad Khatami before the demonstrations planned for September 18 by the Green Movement.
September 18 is Quds day, a day of demonstrations all over Iran to protest the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. The Green Movement has called on people to use the occasion to come out in a show of strength. -- Muhammad Sahimi
Tehran prosecutor seals prisoners' rights office
Norooz News | September 8, 2009
Security forces holding a warrant from Tehran's new prosecutor Jafari-Dolatabadi sealed shut the office for Defending the rights of Prisoners.
Tehran Prosecutor seals Karroubi's office
Asr Iran | September 8, 2009
Officers holding a warrant from the Tehran Prosecutors' Office raided opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi's office today, seizing all CDs, documents and computers there.
The raid took place at approximately 3 p.m. in the afternoon at Karroubi's office in Jamshidiyeh.
"They rummaged through the office and took with them all the CDs, computers, documents and videos," said the National Confidence Party Spoksman Esmail Gerami.
"They escorted the people who had come to meet Mr. Karroubi, along with the Secretary-General, out of the office," he added.
Gerami also announced that the editor-in-chief of the Etemad-e Melli website had been taken into custody.
Earlier in the week, Karroubi released a statement in which he criticized the three-member committee appointed by Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani for claiming that he had not offered any proof for his allegations in his meeting with them.
Karroubi said at the time that he was in possession of CD and film testimonials as well as other documents proving jail rapes had taken place. He said he would not hesitate to go public with this information if the Judiciary committee failed to maintain its impartiality.
Rape victims take their case to Qom
Rouydad News | September 8, 2009
Reports from Qom indicate that a number of jail rape victims have visited Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli and testified to having been violated.
According to a credible source cited by the reformist Mowjcamp website, Qom's interim Friday prayers leader was deeply shocked by the accounts and promised to pursue the cases of the victims.
Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli did not attend Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's inauguration and endorsement ceremonies.
Prosecutor hints changes to trial proceedings
Tabnak | September 8, 2009
Farhad Tajari, a member of the Majlis truth-finding committee, said new Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi was unhappy with the form of the post-election trials and would probably make some changes.
Regarding the Sunday meeting between the committee and the prosecutor, Tajari said, "As it had been previously coordinated, four of the committee members on Sunday met with Mr. Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran's new prosecutor, and offered the results of there investigations."
"One of the issues stressed upon by the committee members in their meeting with the Tehran prosecutor was the immediate release of those whose detention was no longer necessary and those charged with lesser crimes."
"The committee members also stressed that if there is incriminating evidence against those charged with major crimes, a court hearing must be held for them within a few months and a sentence must be handed down. If there is no reason for their temporary detention, this situation [their detention] must not be prolonged."
Tajari said the trial proceedings of the post-election detainees was another issue that was criticized at the meeting. He said that the Tehran prosecutor also implicitly criticized the trial proceedings and it was likely that the situation would be altered.
No Arrest Warrant for Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi
Tehran Bureau |September 8, 2009
The Interpol issued a statement on Monday to clarify the news that it has issued an arrest warrant for Iran's new defense minister, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahid. He has been accused by Argentina of being involved in an explosion in a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 people and injured 200.
The Interpol said that it has issued a Red Notice against Vahidi, not an arrest warrant. A Red Notice means that a government has issued an arrest warrant for a person, rather than the Interpol.
"The Red Notice against Mr. Vahidi was published in November 2007 at the request of the authorities in Argentina, where he is wanted on the basis of his alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing," the Interpol said in its statement. "Interpol's role has been to notify the international law enforcement community that multiple arrest warrants were issued by an Argentinian judge [agasinst several former Iranian officials], including one for Mr. Vahidi," the statement said.
Ministry seeks to downplay Israeli encounter
Entekhab News | September 7, 2009
The Ministry of Science issued a statement to explain why Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's former science minister, Mohammad Zahedi, had secretly met with his Israeli counterpart, Raleb Majadele, in Jordan.
"The fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran's science minister attended an important International summit where the representative of the Zionist regime [Israel] was present is not something against the interests of the establishment or its foreign policy, nor is it deserving of condemnation," the statement said.
The statement claims the Iranian side had informed the Jordanians that Iran's minister would only attend the summit if the Israeli minister was not seated next to him and the two countries' flags were not raised next to each other.
Photos show Zahedi, who claimed to have been named "math genius of the decade" by Cambridge University, sitting next to Majadele during the SESAME Council Meeting held in the Jordanian capital of Amman in 2008.
The statement attempts to offer an explanation for the photos of the Iranian and Israeli ministers sitting [comfortably] next to each other by claiming that Zahedi was unaware.
"Due to a 30-minute delay, the invitees were served refreshments. Once again the Iranian side conditioned his presence in the waiting room on the absence of the Israeli minister, which was accepted by the [Jordanian] hosts."
"After 10 minutes, an unidentified figure entered the room and as there were no vacant seats, a chair was placed next to the Iranian minister. Less than two minutes later foreign ministry colleagues informed us that the unidentified person is the Israeli minister and in another revolutionary move, we left the waiting room and conveyed our deepest feelings of discontent over the incident to the Jordanians, but unfortunately the pictures were taken during that short period of time."
The statement says Zahedi's revolutionary and anti-Zionist credentials cannot be doubted and prays for the political awareness of all so that 'they can draw a line between truth and falsity and justly judge' incidents.
Zahedi's name has been floated as a possible envoy to Indonesia or the UAE.
Mahdavi-Kani calls Mousavi to peace
Tabnak | September 7, 2009
Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi-Kani, Secretary-General of the Combatant Clerics Society, advised opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi to follow the second Shia Imam's path of peace.
"After Imam Ali's (PBUH) passing, Imam Hassan was his successor, but due to the circumstances of the time he made peace with Muawiyah. Imam Hassan's peace was undoubtedly not lesser in value than Imam Hossein's uprising."
Without naming Mousavi, but referring to him by the use of the word 'leaders,' he urged him to peace.
"Even if they think that their rights have been violated, sometimes to protect interests, it is better follow the tradition of Imam Hassan," Mahdavi-kani concluded.