Mortazavi Still Standing
10 Sep 2010 21:24
Worth a thousand words: As widely reported late last month, Saeed Mortazavi and two other judges were suspended for their roles in the in torture deaths of three students at Kahrizak detention center. However, it does not appear that the notorious former prosecutor has fallen from grace. As seen in these photos, he attended Friday's Eid ul-Fitr Prayers, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. He is photographed in the second row, standing behind an IRGC general.
A bodyguard stands between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and arch foe Ali Larijani, the powerful speaker of parliament. Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi makes it to the first row, along with Ayatollahs Ahmad Jannati and Mohammad Imami-Kashani. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is relegated to the second row. Gholam-Hossein Elham, a close aide to Ahmadinejad, does not make the first row either. Neither does Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi. Ahmad Tavakoli, a conservative who leads the opposition to Ahmadinejad in parliament, is all the way back in the fourth prayer rung. -- Tehran Bureau staff