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Mashai: Ahmadinejad had 4 million votes

Source: Etemad-e Melli | August 15, 2009

Esfandyar Rahim Mashai, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff and resigned vice president, says in the recent elections the Iranian president garnered four million votes of approval and the remaining 20 million of his votes were cast by voters critical of the establishment.

"Of the 24 million people who voted for Ahmadinejad, 20 million were cast by critics of the establishment. This group is more serious in its criticism than the 13 million [who voted for the other candidates], because that 13 million only questioned the Ahmadinejad administration, but the 20 million others said no to the performance of the [establishment] in all the years before Ahmadinejad. In truth Ahmadinejad only had four million votes of approval."

The significance of Mashai's remarks lies in the fact that in both the 2005 and 2009 elections, Ahmadinejad's campaign was built around criticizing the performance of former presidents and wartime prime ministers.

Despite claiming to be a Principlist, Ahmadinejad proved to be the harshest critic of Ayatollah Khomeini's era and onwards. He attempted to portray himself as a man of the people. Mashai holds that in both elections Ahmadinejad cast himself as an opposition figure, thereby winning the votes of the opposition.

Kouchakzadeh: Ayatollah Motahari turning in grave over son's actions

Source: Tabnak | August 13, 2009

Principlist lawmaker Mehdi Kouchakzadeh criticized Ali Motahari, son of the late Ayatollah Morteza Motahari, for saying the post-vote crisis was the result of the mismanagement and incorrect behavior of certain officials.

In a letter sent to Kayhan editor-in-chief Hossein Shariatmadari, Motahari had blamed officials such as Basij commander Hassan Taeb for mismanaging the crisis.

"Mr. Motahari's letter to Kayhan contained material which showed his deep discontent with the newspaper for its refusal to publish some of his pieces. He [appears to have] said now that you will not publish my writings, I will give it to Etemad-e Melli newspaper."

Motahari had earlier written a piece analyzing the post-vote developments in Iran for Kayhan. The hardline daily, however, published selected parts only, prompting Motahari to send his complete version to Mehdi Karroubi's Etemad-e Melli paper for publication.

This caused Shariatmadari to write a response to Motahari in which he accused the late Ayatollah Motahari's son of colluding with the enemy and being a counter-revolutionary.

"It must be said that every paper has its standards and cannot publish every piece of writing [it receives]," said Kouchakzadeh.

"Etemad-e Melli has become known, in the short time since it began circulation, as an expert in fabricating lies and attacks aimed at weakening the establishment," the member of the Majlis Cultural Commission added.

"Mr. Motahari's writings, as they are known to everyone, contain unproven points [facts] and reflect the views of those who hold a grudge against the establishment [of Iran]."

"When Motahari claims [in his piece] that a number of Iranian youth have been killed in prison, he must say how many he means by 'a number'? How is he sure they were killed in prison and under torture? These are questions which Mr. Motahari is expected to answer, given that he is a member of the Majlis truth-finding committee."

Kouchakzadeh went on to respond to Motahari's criticism of Taeb and other security officials, claiming that Motahari had tried to create a divide between Iranian security officials by naming [Tehran mayor] Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf as an example of good management and Taeb as an example of mismanagement.

"This is an insult to Revolutionary Guard commanders who have given their all to provide security," Kouchakzadeh said, adding that Motahari should not exploit his father's name to damage the reputation of the establishment with his uncalculated words.

"I would like to ask Mr. Motahari to sit down and think, if he did not share his father's name [was not Ayatollah Motahari's son] would anyone so much as listen to a word he says?"

"I would like to advise him to not trouble his father's soul so much," Kouchakzadeh said. "I would also like to tell him that now that he has entered the political scene, just as the Supreme Leader has said, he is responsible for everything he says and everything that he should have said but has not."

MP tells of female Kahrizak detainee's electrocution

Source: Mowjcamp | August 15, 2009

A Majlis lawmaker made a shocking revelation about the presence of female prisoners among detainees at Kahrizak detention center.

The lawmaker, who spoke to Mowjcamp on condition of anonymity, revealed that lawmakers visiting the women's correctional facility in Evin Prison had asked detainees formerly held at Kahrizak to relate their experiences there.

"One girl said she had been forced to take off her clothes and climb into a barrel of water. She said that they had electrocuted her repeatedly while she was in the barrel," the Majlis member said.


Taeb to Karoubi: Offer proof or take 80 lashes

Source: Ayandeh News | August 15, 2009

Basij commander Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Taeb says freedom of speech is protected up to the point where religious boundaries are not crossed and has called on the Judiciary to take action against Reformist politician Mehdi Karroubi.

Taeb made the remarks in response to accusations made by Karroubi in a recent letter sent to Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani. In his letter, the senior cleric requested an investigation into the rape of some of the protesters detained in the unrest that erupted following the announcement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the winner of the 10th presidential election.

Karroubi's letter has drawn mixed reactions from both sides of Iran's political spectrum.

Taeb said that as the punishment for making false accusations in Islam is 80 [whip] lashes, if Karroubi does not offer evidence for his claims of detainee rape he is "firstly a sinner unless he repents and secondly he must receive his punishment of 80 lashes."

"Mr. Karroubi must be summoned to the Judiciary. He claimed rapes had taken place, so he must bring four witnesses who can testify to his claims [according to Islamic law]," Taeb said. "Everyone is equal before the law... in which law is it written that these Sirs [Karroubi and other opposition figures] have immunity?"

"If these Sirs claim that they have immunity because of the services they have rendered to the Islamic Republic, it is a baseless claim, because they have shown that in exchange for their services they have dipped into the treasury and have provided themselves with lavish lifestyles."

The Basij commander added, "Karroubi claims to have sold half of his house to fund his campaign. Even if he has told the truth, given the proportions of his campaign ads, half of his house must have been worth half a million dollars. How did he manage to gather such wealth? How much do you think the services of such people were worth, for them to have amassed this amount of assets?"

"Why doesn't the Judiciary summon Karroubi and ask him to offer his witnesses or endure his punishment? My request has nothing to do with politics and is solely for fighting vice," concluded Taeb.

Doagou: Velvet coup product of delusional minds

Source: Norooz News | August 15, 2009

Shemiranat Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Mohsen Doagou says allegations that a velvet revolution was staged to overthrow the establishment are the product of a delusional mind claiming to possess political savvy.

"One cannot accept that the candidates vetted and approved by the religious establishment of Iran and a nation that enacted the most beautiful form of religious democracy in the presidential elections had a role in the conspiracy against the establishment and the constitution," Doagou said.

"A velvet revolution is the revolt of the people to seize political power without bloodshed; a military coup is military men seizing power; a political coup is seizing political power by manipulating public opinion," he continued. "This is while the candidates and their supporters before and after the election proved their devotion to the establishment and Imam Khomeini [by demanding] the governing of the country in line with the constitution."

"The election tensions were not because of a velvet or a colored revolution. As the Supreme Leader has said, velvet revolutions have no place in Islamic Iran."

Nateq-Nouri: Taboo against lying broken in society

Source: Tabnak | August 13, 2009

Amid scandals surrounding the university degrees of certain Iranian officials, a member of the Majlis governing body, Ahmad Nateq-Nouri, said the taboo against lying appears to have been shattered in Iran.

When asked his opinion on a Rajanews report suggesting Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani misused his title of 'doctor', Nateq-Nouri said, "Unfortunately the taboo against lying has been broken in our society and anyone in any position deems lying acceptable."

Speaking to Parliament News, Nateq-Nouri said, "Everyone is the same in the eyes of God. There is no difference between a president's lie or that of an ordinary citizen. Lying is unacceptable."

Regarding rumors that calling Larijani and lawmaker Ahmad Tavakoli's degrees into question is a tactic for mounting pressure on parliament to ensure that new ministers would receive a vote of confidence, Nateq-Nouri said, "I do not think that lawmakers have stooped that low to be pressured to approve a minister without good reason."

Another lawmaker, Elias Naderan, reacted to the news that pro-Ahmadinejad websites are using Larijani and Tavakoli's degrees as leverage for securing votes of confidence for the new cabinet, by saying, "No matter what their motives are [in bringing up the degree issue] it will not invalidate their [Larijani and Tavakoli] degrees."

"Mr. Tavakoli has repeatedly elaborated on his educational records and these websites must now answer for their allegations," Naderan said.

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