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Supreme Leader's brother: Mousavi revived revolutionary ideals

02 Aug 2009 18:454 Comments
kh0np[TEHRAN BUREAU] Source: ILNA In a meeting with a number of recently freed detainees of the post-vote-unrest, Seyyed Hadi Khamenei, the Supreme Leader's younger brother, criticized the Guardians (Council) of the constitution for weakening the law and causing the people's loss of trust.

Expressing joy over the release of the detainees, Khamenei said, "You are all devoted members of society who have love for the Revolution and Islam and the recent incidents should not dispirit you or cause you to have doubts about the path you have chosen."

The former lawmaker went on to praise Mir Hossein Mousavi for reviving the ideals and slogans of the Revolution in recent months.

"Rest assured that if you are fighting for a godly cause, he will guide you, just as in the past days he has brought people closer and united them in a sacred path."

"One of the achievements in recent months has been having the scientific, cultural and artistic elites come to the scene. They firstly encouraged the people to participate in the election and secondly raised public awareness about the cultural, social and economical needs of the country. After the election they [the elite] are still with the people and are with exemplary creativity strengthening and spreading the green wave."

He advised the cultural elite to help promote the recent trend of dialogue based on freedom of spirituality and citizen's rights in the country, adding that public awareness was what had prepared the grounds for the green movement.

The member of the constitutional review council said, "Fortunately our constitution has great potential. Aside from defining all our actions within the framework of the constitution, we must seek to revive the forgotten Articles [of the constitution] and show sensitivity wherever we see this law violated or overlooked."

Khamenei stressed the importance of abiding by the law and said, "I strongly believe the behavior of certain individuals and organizations are in violation of the constitution and therefore they should be forced to obey the law. "

He made reference to the Persian proverb "the sanctity of a mosque is in the hand of its keeper and criticized certain members of the Guardians Council.

"When we see some of the Guardians of the constitution openly endorse a certain candidate and their impartiality is no longer intact, the foundation for the people's loss of trust in the Council is set and the weakening of the constitution will undoubtedly follow"

He stressed the need for the judiciary as well as the civil and security forces to answer for the incidents of the past weeks.

"The purpose of the revolution was not to see our youth shot to death, even if they take to the street sand say things that we do not like; under the laws of religion and state we are prohibited from treating them in such manner."

"Judiciary, civil and security officials must tell us based on what criterion have they committed such acts, and who was running the detention center that was recently closed?"

"It is strange to see certain parties claim to adherence to Islam and the constitution and in practice you see them perform actions that have no religious or legal justification... God will no doubt turn his back on anyone who represses others or sees repression and keeps silent as such people are in fact aiding the repressors."

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Dhakae Thaki / August 2, 2009 6:30 PM

What Mr. Seyyed Khamenei recently has expressed was something to be admired of. Does he think better than his older brother? Yes! a lot better than his brother and he got guts to express and exposed these undesirable people claimed to adhere to Islam who harmed, whipped, destroyed, and even murdered people.

Inspiring words for the Green Movement.

shetty / August 4, 2009 9:26 AM

Wow ... even Khamenei's brother doesn't agree with the way the government has handled the elections and subsequent unrest.

Maziar / August 4, 2009 3:30 PM

I am not sure if Khamenei does not agree with the way the election was handled. If you read his trascript from his speech it says nothing of that sort. Just about how the law allows you to file complaints and take the complaint to trial. It seems the media has not done a good job in reporting

Talib / August 6, 2009 9:13 AM