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Khomeini's granddaughter speaks out

06 Aug 2009 00:3012 Comments

Photo Feb 2009/Press TV

[TEHRAN BUREAU] Source: Mowjcamp.com Zahra Eshraqi, a granddaughter of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution, urged security and judiciary officials to reveal the identities of the protesters in custody in order to help relieve their distressed families.

"One of the biggest problems at hand is that the identities of some of those arrested in the post-vote unrest have not been revealed," she said.

According to Saham News, Eshraqi also said that as a member of the late Imam's family she felt ashamed to see political activists and the Imam's companions on trial on charges of attempting to overthrow the establishment. "The majority of the political prisoners on trial today were among the late Imam's close friends and companions. This [trial] has caused me to feel great shame," Eshraqi said. "It is impossible for individuals who were once among the founders of the Revolution to betray the establishment."

"These trials," she said, "will make people lose their trust in the establishment even more."

Eshraqi urged Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi to not run away from his responsibilities and see to it that the cases of the detainees are resolved before he leaves office.

Imam's granddaughter said the recent court hearings were unprecedented in the history of the Revolution and urged the sons of martyred Ayatollahs Motahari and Beheshti to step up their activities and to use their positions to help improve the country's political climate.

[Note: Eshraqi is married to Dr. Mohammad Reza Khatami, the younger brother of the former president Mohammad Khatami, and former secretary-general of Islamic Iran Participation Front, the largest political party and most important reformist group.]

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What a great family. Mousavi being grandson of Khamenei's aunt campaigns against Khomeini's power structure. People are arrested for seeking freedom. Then Khomeini's granddaughter asks for the same regime for mercy. Why don't they ask for Khamenei to resign?

Ahmad Bawandi / August 5, 2009 9:31 PM

Get rid of all of them. That is not a govtment but a crowd of thugs and cowards in the name of religion. Give me a. Break!!! Thugs and cowards including her!!!

gloria / August 5, 2009 9:53 PM

Big LOL She is mad!! Khamenei is doing what her beloved grandpa did to the people of Iran. lol Just a power struggle; she wants to be popular among people just like Angelina Jolie in the states loool

I remember some years ago she had claimed to be a feminist! lol SO FUNNY!! What does this MUSLIMAH know about feminism and women rights? What has she done for the people of Iran? Well, we know what her grand daddy did: torturing innocent people to death, execution of thousands of political prisoners, oppressing women by denying them even the very basic human rights, forcing them to wear the veil, ...

By the way, ew look at her [...] face! Ew she does look like her grand daddy! EWWW... I wanna throw up! :-S

NEDA_ALIVE / August 5, 2009 10:41 PM

She and her husband are reformists. That is a good thing.

"Shirin Ebadi's Nobel Peace Prize Highlights Tension in Iran

October 27, 2003"

"Zahra Eshraqi -- granddaughter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and wife of Mohammad Reza Khatami, brother of the president and leader of Mosharekat, the largest reformist party in the Majles -- placed a garland of flowers around Ebadi's neck."


"After his older brother's election as President in 1997, the younger Khatami became Deputy Minister of Health. In late 1998, he was one of the co-founders of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, and subsequently left the Health Ministry to run for Parliament."


Jay / August 6, 2009 1:23 AM

sounds totally crazy but it is actully possible to break through a family like that. There are lots of people who hate what their parents or grandparents did. Just because your grandpa was a nazi that does not automatically make you a nazi. However she needs to leave the regime totally, not being a part of it and at the same time talking for something else... Break through girl, break through, I would do the same if I was you!!!

Mona S / August 6, 2009 4:15 AM

Khomeini promised democracy, but instead replaced dictatorship of the Shah by dictorship of religion. Both steal freedom and wealth of the people.

It's time to change the system of dictatorship at all. It's time for democracy and secularism. Power to the people!

gela / August 6, 2009 5:07 AM

Neda_Alive, nice words... for a 3 year old. Eeewww? Are you serious?

Gloria, stop seeing everything in black and white. A mistake that the revolutionaries did (whether they were Islamists or not) at the time of revolution was to see everything in black and white. You were either good if you weren't part of the previous regime, or if you were you were going to get condemned in one way or another. The whole regime was looked as evil, so even the mayor of Tehran was executed without fair trial.

I hope some people at least read some history and learn a thing or two. Phrases like 'they're all the same crap' and 'all of them must be destroyed' and 'they're all thugs' speaks volumes towards the ignorance of whoever says them.

IranianCanadian / August 6, 2009 9:30 AM

people grow and mature,their political views also grow and mature.she may see the world and her position as a women defferently than her grand fathers days.i do give her a credid to at least speak up and use her platform to raise the issues of freedom and democracy that is the heart of todays problem in iran.so lets give her a benefit of the doubt.

faye moghtader / August 6, 2009 12:10 PM

Seperation of Church and State !

It is insanity that religious edicts control entire country's populations and cultures beyond the freedom of personal choice.

What is it that they (the state) are so afraid of ?

If their leadership was truly respected and strong then religion wouldn't be an issue ..... people would follow because they wanted to follow and not from fear of not following.

Assbackwards way of thinking ..... of course, I am speaking from a stand point of always having the freedom to choose what is best for my own life without worry of imprisonment or death for having an opinion contrary to the state.


RevJL / August 6, 2009 3:16 PM

Oh! please.....as if his grandfather did not kill enough.

I am sick and tired of these so called reformist...if they are the reformist then the Ahmadinejad must the devil himself

peace45 / August 7, 2009 1:24 AM

Look guys,

Please stop being so negative. ANY VOICE counts at the moment. we should encourage more people like her to come out and talk. These people are far more effective than myself or yourself.

Bear in mind that there are plenty of idiots who are still supporting this government. They wont listen to us, but they will listen to Grandchild of Khomeini.

Anyway it's still better to be critical rather than supportive of regim's thugs.

Any fraction within the system is welcome and helpful. So encourage them.

Viva Green Movvement!

Alborz / August 10, 2009 10:03 AM

Alborz is correct.

Anything that points towards a more democratic society should be applauded and supported.

Despite the infantile comments of either grade schoolers or video game players that think there is always a right or wrong...wake up youngsters...life is grey.

Robert2010 / February 11, 2010 1:05 PM