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MP: Larijani provoked Mousavi


[Raja News] August 10, 2009

One of the lawmakers tasked with reviewing Ali Larijani's doctorate degree charged that the Majlis Speaker misused the title 'Dr.' years before obtaining his PhD degree. He also blasted Larijani for calling Mir Hossein Mousavi on election day to congratulate his win hours before the polls closed, according to Raja News, a news website close to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"What he did on election day, congratulating Mousavi on the pretext that his win was indisputable, is unforgivable because he was the head of one of the country's three branches and in a position to have firsthand access to top secret information," the unnamed lawmaker said.

"When he congratulated Mousavi before the polls had even closed, it inevitably led to Mousavi's misunderstanding and provoked him to oppose the results."

The lawmaker also accused Larijani of calling himself a "doctor" before his dissertation was complete.

Due to increased sensitivity about the accuracy or fallacy of degrees offered by officials in the wake of the scandals over a number of Ahmadinejad administration officials holding fake PhDs, Iran's Parliament began reviewing the educational background of Iranian officials.

"While Mr. Larijani obtained his degree a few years after becoming IRIB director, he introduced himself with the title 'Dr.' before that, for instance when he was running for a parliament seat in the fourth Majlis," the unnamed lawmaker said.

"At the time of receiving a vote of confidence from Majlis as the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance he also claimed to have a PhD when he only held a master's degree."

"A few years after becoming the IRIB director, the then head of the Majlis Research Center offered him special aid in writing his dissertation using the resources of the Center. The data gathered by the Center to be used in drafting legislation was also used in [writing] his thesis."

"His [Larijani's] dissertation was rejected by his professors," said the unnamed lawmaker. "The thesis was then returned to the Majlis Research Center and this time data from the National Security Council was included in the thesis until finally Mr. Larijani's thesis was met with approval."

Larijani: Majlis committee must look into Karroubi letter


[Tabnak] August 10, 2009

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said the special Parliamentary probe committee has been investigating issues pertaining to the unrest and that it was essential to see whether there was any truth to what certain political figures have claimed.

In a Jam-e-Jam online report published on Monday, Larijani was quoted as saying, "The special committee formed within Majlis following recent incidents has investigated the conditions of the detention centers and the treatment of prisoners and this committee must determine the truth about [other] allegations made."

Larijani tasked a special 10-member parliamentary committee with investigating the deaths and detentions of the post-election protesters after reports of prisoner abuse began to surface.

Larijani made the remarks in reference to a letter written by Mehdi Karroubi to Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in which the veteran cleric had requested an investigation into allegations of rape of those jailed during the unrest after the election. Karroubi made the letter public after the expiry of the 10-day deadline he had given Rafsanjani to reply to his letter.

"The committee has conducted a thorough investigation and we [Majlis] must review their report."

"The Parliament took notice of these issues since the first days of the unrest and especially after the attack on student dormitories. We have also devoted special attention to the issues pertaining to the detention centers. The special Majlis committee is still active and will continue its work within the framework of the law."

In response to a question about the detention of a number of journalists, Larijani said he would follow up on the state of the journalists and remind the special committee about them.

An influential Russian newspaper recently published an article urging Moscow to "adjust" its policy toward Iran so as not to catch too much flak if President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad goes down.

Russia urged to hedge bet on Ahmadinejad

[LAT] According to an Aug. 6 piece published by the privately owned Nezavisimaya Gazeta, it's time to give the divisive president the heave-ho.

"It appears that recent events in Iran, when the opponents of Ahmadinejad shouted slogans of 'Death to Russia,' indicate that Moscow's defense of Ahmadinejad's government has not been met with approval among a considerable portion of the Iranian population," the editorial said.

"It appears that the idea that Iran is a regional power which Russia could use as a trump card in relations with the West has turned out to be mistaken," the editorial says. Read

Katouzian to Abedi: Think before opening your mouth

[Tabnak] August 10, 2009

Principlist lawmaker Hamid-Reza Katouzian criticized insults hurled at Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani by a Principlist colleague, saying that when the veteran cleric was being tortured by SAVAK during the reign of the Shah, his accusers were serving in the Shah's army.

"Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani is one of the figures who has brought great honors for the country before and after the Revolution and he deserves much better than this," Katouzian said.

He was referring to remarks made by Tabas and Ferdos lawmaker Mohammad-Karim Abedi, in which he referred to Rafsanjani as 'Akbar Shah' [King Akbar] and accused him of instigating the unrest in the country.

"It is our duty to maintain a level of decency with regard to such a figure who is currently serving the country in the capacity of the head of the Assembly of Experts and the Expediency Council. And we must not allow anyone to so easily disrespect one of the prides of the Islamic establishment."

"Mr. Abedi's remarks were very immature. When I first heard them, I was shocked at how someone this advanced in age can set aside all decency when talking about Mr. Hashemi."

"Let's not forget who was serving as a colonel in the Shah's army when Mr. Hashemi was being tortured in SAVAK prisons. Either way, people like Mr. Hashemi should not be disrespected by these individuals."

"Of course, criticizing the views of different figures and movements, including Mr. Hashemi, is a constructive thing. But it is unacceptable to open our mouths and forget decency because this will not only hurt us but also hurt the country."

"Mr. Hashemi has done a lot for the country and differences of opinion must not cause some to overlook his contributions and to treat him in an unjust and disrespectful manner."

Rafsanjani won't lead Tehran Friday Prayers

[Tabnak][Fars News] August 10, 2009

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's office issued a statement announcing that the veteran cleric will not be leading this week's Friday Prayers in Tehran.

According to Fars News Agency, the statement read that in order to prevent possible clashes at the Friday Prayers venue, Ayatollah Hashemi had decided not to lead the Prayers this week.

Hashemi-Rafsanjani heads the Assembly of Experts, the body tasked with electing the Leader and supervising his conduct, and the Expediency Council, the body which holds supervisory powers over all branches of the government and resolves disputes between Parliament (Majlis) and the Guardian Council.

Derayati: People losing respect for Majlis


[Norooz News] August 9, 2009

Mostafa Derayati, a member of the Islamic Consolidation Front, said remarks made by a lawmaker, calling for the trial of Mir Hossein Mousavi, were illogical and aimed at fueling unrest in the country.

"After the election, thoughtless and illogical remarks, and this particular remark falls in that category, were what fueled the unrest after the election, Derayati, who was once Mohammad Khatami's aide on clerical affairs, told ILNA.

"If someone is a true representative of the people, he would not speak in this way. And a person who has risen from among the ranks of the people would not use such methods to further his objectives."

"Such remarks will only lower people's esteem for Majlis," Derayati said, adding that the continuation of such behavior from the establishment would only further infuriate people and cause a loss of trust. "Such an approach to governing the country is unacceptable by any logic."

Derayati was asked about the trials of the post-election detainees accused of attempting to stage a velvet revolution in Iran.

"People do not have a positive opinion about the recent trials and perceive them to be a puppet show..., therefore holding them [trials] will yield no positive result."

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Thank you for all your careful research and information. I very much appreciate it. It makes some sense out of this ongoing, evolving situation.

Urusaro Miseke / August 10, 2009 8:07 PM

Well-informed Larijani congratulated Mousavi on election day, report says

By Iran Quest on August 11, 2009

Observers have for weeks heard various theories that purport to prove that Iran's June 12 presidential elections were rigged. They have come from Western think tanks, mathematicians and, of course, supporters of opposition figurehead Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who ran and lost against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But the latest tantalizing tidbit, from the camp of Ahmadinejad, comes from the website Rajanews.com, which is run by a strident backer of the president, lawmaker Fatemeh Rajabi.

In paragraphs tucked into the end of an article posted Monday, the website may have inadvertently published information damning to its own president while trying to smear the speaker of parliament, a conservative rival of Ahmadinejad.

According to an anonymous member of parliament quoted in the article, which has been extensively reprinted, Iran's well-connected parliament Speaker Ali Larijani telephoned Mousavi the evening of the election to congratulate him on his victory.

How did he know to congratulate Mousavi?

Because, Rajanews reports, he had "access to firsthand and classified information and news" that he should not have disclosed.

Here's an excerpt from the piece:

What he did on the afternoon of the Election Day by calling Mousavi and congratulating him on the finalization of his presidency cannot be overlooked. As the head of a branch of power, he is considered to have access to firsthand and classified information and news. When he congratulated Mousvai at a time when voting hours had not even ended yet, it made him delusional and encouraged him to take the seditious and provocative positions and behaviours which disturbed people's security and calm and significantly harmed the might and honor of the system

Lyle / August 11, 2009 3:34 PM

Larijani knew who won but didn't know of the plot of the gov't to lie about the results. My guess is that the results were opposite of what was announced. Mousavi got 62% of the votes. You heard it here first!

Lyle / August 11, 2009 3:38 PM

I have never heard something like this before. Is this scary or what? Swicthing the election result? I hope that's just a guess not the real truth...

RAY / August 12, 2009 9:48 AM