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Tehran Prosecutor Sacked

29 Aug 2009 19:124 Comments

Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, the new Prosecutor General, was previously head of the judiciary in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

briefs Hojjatoleslam Sadegh Larijani, the new chief of the judiciary, has fired Saeed Mortazavi, the notorious Prosecutor General of Tehran and of the Revolutionary Court. Larijani has appointed Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi to replace him.

Mortazavi was responsible for the arrest and torture of many journalists, young bloggers, human rights advocates, political activists and reformist leaders. He was behind the closure of more than 200 newspapers, weeklies, and monthlies.

Mortazavi has been implicated in the death of Dr. Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian-Canadian photojournalist who was killed while in custody. She was taking photos of the notorious Evin prison when arrested. The attorneys for her family, Abdolfattah Soltani and Shirin Ebadi, have stated that there were three fractures in Dr. Kazemi's skull, her body was bruised in many places, and there were indications that she might have been raped. -- Muhammad Sahimi

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Motahari: Ahmadinejad not in sync with Supreme Leader

Ayandeh News | August 29, 2009

Ali Motahari, a member of Majlis from Tehran, said if the opposition must answer for its actions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must also answer for his debate with Mir Hossein Mousavi, which kicked off the post-election dispute.

Motahari also that Ahmadinejad's remarks in this week's Friday Prayers were ambiguous for him. "It was not very clear for me what the President was trying to say. Maybe he wanted to abdicate his responsibility as the head of the National Security Council and as a crisis manager in dealing with these infringements."

Motahari was referring to remarks made by Ahmadinejad at the Friday Prayers in which he said "the incidents that took place in the Tehran University dormitory and the detention centers and the like were all part of an enemy scenario and were caused by those affiliated with the velvet coup movement."

"The Supreme Leader's wise words about the situation over the past few days confirm that infringements and even crimes have been committed by a number officers, but the president's remarks were in contrast with that of the Leader. In any case, a number of their officers and authorities are guilty and must be tried. The judges who sent the detained protestors to places such as Kahrizak must also be tried."

"These individuals are guilty, and as the Leadership said, they must be held accountable and seriously dealt with. Therefore, Mr. Ahmadinejad's remarks in this regard are merely allegations and no court has yet reviewed the case."

"Just as the rioters were at fault, unfortunately, despite their past services, so were some of the security and civil forces and the charges against them must be reviewed along with the cases of the rioters. As the Leader said, the greatest crime was committed by those who dragged people to the streets under the pretext of vote fraud."

When asked if Ahmadinejad meant Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami by "the original elements behind the unrest," Motahari said, "It appears that Mr. Ahmadinejad meant these people, but I think he should be asked directly. He needs to offer a transparent and accurate explanation about who he was referring to."

"I believe that the president's remarks yesterday were not in sync with that of the Leader, because the Leader expressed doubt about the affiliation of these people to foreigners and stressed that one cannot make decisions based on rumors and conjecture."

"The country is presently in a sensitive position. The issue here is not Mr. Ahmadinejad's government or the person of Mr. Mousavi. Right now, the establishment is in trouble. We must all try to calm the atmosphere and refrain from provocation. We must create a reasonable and logical atmosphere. If the leaders of the recent unrest are to be tried, everyone who has had a role in them must also be tried."

"I believe that the judiciary has a firm resolve in this regard [dealing with guilty parties] and the new Judiciary Chief [Sadeq Larijani] has the right amount of sensitivity about the infringements made in the recent unrest."

"If the guilt of the offenders, who mistreated detainees, is proven, we must not make concessions with the excuse of saving the establishment and we must not put the establishment before the people."

Motahari pointed to the dismissal of a number of judges and 12 police officers for infringing on the rights of detainees and said, "Up to now investigations have run a good course and the Leader is also seriously following the case and wants the punishment of the officials in charge of the incidents that took place in the detention centers."

Regarding his meeting with Karroubi, Motahari told Mehr News Agency, "Mr. Karroubi has not changed his previous stance and wants the cases of the four victims who have personally gone to him to be thoroughly investigated."

"It is only right for Mr. Karroubi to request security guarantees for these individuals. They should have such guarantees in order to be able to come forth and tell the truth-finding committee their information."

Motahari concluded by saying that the special parliamentary committees were diligently investigating the allegations of secret burials at the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery.

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Hi Guys

Do you really think there is a fundamental difference between Leader, president or even those low level hangmen in Kahrizak? Maybe in some levels, but when it comes to protecting their interests , they are all the same, since losing means the same for all of them.

Some might say they are still in control but reality is that they are already so undermined and so infamous even among their own club. Its just a matter of time before the wall comes down.

Yves / August 29, 2009 4:39 PM

Hallo Citizens of Iran,

You are facing such atrocities from your government and Ayatollahs.

Aftermath of Riggged Election was a shodown

of impertinent dodges as the unbelieveable Human Rights crimes from

- proofed voter fraud,

- assembly ban, threatened with extinction like genocide,

- ban on expressing thoughts, ideals, believings and truth,

- Basij, IRGC, Minister of Justice, Prosecuters, Supreme Leader, self-claimed President,

- illegitime show trials with faked accusations,

- treating the Islam and holy book of Quran like a reference manual for infame law-breakers and notorious pettifoggers,

- casting these infame trial shows on TV,

- while the prison interrogaters and long-time detainees raping more than 100 proven detained victims unto death (according Beheshty cemetry and refrigerating storage houses workers as witnesses, as well Evin observers),

- while winning time, the prosecuters are waiting for suicide of the surviving, until nobody of the witnesses will be alive for accuse and proofing this criminal government of Iran.

Where are your "wise man of clerics", who wanted to to convince all the people of free world that Islam could be e serious religion?

They proofed to me that Islam does not differ from fascism.

These facts were easily observed by the whole world.

Thank you for global proofing up to which measures of inhuman rules Islam can be able to create horror!

- Who in the world is still able to believe, trust and talk with these terrible clerics of satan?

- Why don't they interfere on behalf their allmighty God, instead they're creating in the name of Allah their irational defamations of honourable, peaceful and co-operational people of their own country and all over the world?

- These clerics that want never give respect to rational thinking humans,

- clerics, never understanding to what amount they are the selfish reason of creating the Iranian hell, what they established and presented as "the healthiest election" and "influenced by the enemy" (must be Ahmadinejad).

- The "foreign rioting enemies" his mis-construction of a war status, an explanation from a "president" suffering an obviously serious paranoia!

- Send all these culprits forever into appropriate guarded closed madhouse or sentence him to everlasting prison with raping IRGC guards!

More presumably:

Bring Ahmadinejad and his ultra conservatives evils of infamuos consultants and subversive followers of government and clerics to the International Crime Court The Hague at the Netherlands.

Frank / August 29, 2009 7:05 PM

Frank you are stupid. fascism is not a religion so dont compare it to islam...and islam is a religion and a serious one...thats why muslims outnumber all others.

noone listens to your bullshit...even 10 year old know you talk crap....

i think the best thing you can do for humanity is to go jump off a cliff,you carbon footprint outweighs your capacity of existence...

berry / August 29, 2009 10:19 PM

don't know if Frank is stupid, but the way he chains evidence is not valid and would be turned down by any non corrupt court.

Sergio L Nuevo / August 30, 2009 2:24 PM