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Abtahi Blogs From Evin

Ahmad Sadri | August 26, 2009

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a prominent Reformist politician and former vice president currently imprisoned in Iran, re-started his famous blog Webnevesht from Evin prison today.

Abtahi thanks his "good friend" the interrogator for allowing him this semblance of normalcy. No one familiar with Iranian means of coersion will be shocked at his message: there was no cheating in the elections. He was also allowed to boldly state that he and his colleagues were the "fall guys" as the government could not afford to arrest the "real leaders" (opposition figureheads Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi).

Mohmmad Ghouchani, the editor of Karroubi's pro-Reform daily Etemad-e-Melli, is reported to have said something a bit more acerbic but similar in content in a recent interview.

Abtahi intends to continue these blog posts from what appears to be a halfway-house status in prison. It is not clear if writing the blog is a reward for good behavior or a condition for his release.

The New Yorker | The Iran Show

The indictments prepared by the public prosecutor are almost surreally obtuse. Before the election, one indictment claims, Western governments, foundations, and individuals joined forces with corrupt Iranians in an attempt to overthrow the Islamic Republic and institute a regime compliant with American designs. The nefarious plotters engaged in "exposing cases of violations of human rights," training reporters in "gathering information," and "presenting full information on the 2009 electoral candidates." Apparently, the Iranian citizen is meant to consider it self-evident that the country's national interest depends on concealing human-rights abuses, censoring the news, and obfuscating the electoral process.

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