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10 Sep 2009 11:1916 Comments

Oddly, just about everyone has kept quiet about the recent arrests.

By MUHAMMAD SAHIMI in Los Angeles | 10 Sept 2009

Mir Hossein Mousavi, the main reformist candidate in Iran's rigged June 12 presidential election, issued his 12th statement after the election following the arrests of three senior aides to him and Mehdi Karroubi, the progressive cleric and one of the top three leaders of the Green Movement.

His full statement is as follows:

In the name of God

The news of the arrests of Dr. Seyyed Alireza Beheshti and Mohandes [engineer] Morteza Alviri, who are in charge of the committees for pursuing the affairs [rights] of those who have been hurt during the recent events [the demonstrations and their aftermath], and also of Sardaar Moghaddam who was in charge of the isaargaraan committee of my campaign, created a wave of surprise among those who support the Islamic system [of Iran].

In Iran Sardaar refers to a military man with a rank of Brigadier General or higher.

Isaar is an Arabic word for altruism, and an isaargar is a person willing to sacrifice himself for a sacred cause. Isaargaraan consist mainly of former Basij militia members and the veterans of the Iran-Iraq war.

The statement continues,

They have been detained while committing no offense other than following the path of the Revolution and [seeking] justice for the blood [of the innocent people] that has been spilled, and helping the families of the innocent people who have been imprisoned after the election. They are now in jail, whereas those responsible for the recent crimes are free. The officials claim that they will definitely investigate the crimes that have occurred. Do they want to do this by destroying the documents that have been collected about the crimes and detaining those who are pursuing the rights of the victims?

Mousavi is referring to the victims of torture, rape and murder in the detention centers and the fact that when Dr. Beheshti was arrested, material documenting those crimes were also confiscated by security agents. Even though the warrant issued by Tehran's Prosecutor General stated that officers were not authorized to search the private quarters of the house, they searched his bedroom and even treated his child roughly.

The same thing happened when security agents raided Karroubi's office and seized documents there. When a member of the office staff asked agents to itemize what they had taken, the response was that, "There is no need for that, since they will not be returned." Alviri was arrested at his home while speaking to a reporter of Salaam News, a reformist news website.

The statement continues with a quote from the Holy Quran about respect for people,

Respect for people is preserved through [respect for their] children. The people are now asking, how have you [the hardliners] preserved the respect for the family of oppressed martyr Ayatollah Dr. Beheshti?

Mousavi is referring to the fact that Dr. Alireza Beheshti, who is a professor at Tarbiyat Modarres University in Tehran, is a son of the late Ayatollah Dr. Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti. He was a key aide to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during the 1979 Revolution and the first judiciary chief after the Revolution. He was assassinated in June 1981 in a bomb explosion in the headquarters of the Islamic Republic Party, the dominant clergy-controlled political party in the first several years after the Revolution. He is generally referred to as shahid-e mazloom [oppressed martyr] in Iran.

Alviri, a former Mayor of Tehran and one of the original founders of a leading reformist group, the Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization. He was part of the opposition to the Shah in the 1970s and jailed by his government. He and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were in the same jail cell in the 1970s and were close friends. In fact, the Ayatollah presided over the religious ceremony of the wedding of Alviri and his wife. On Tuesday June 16, four days after the presidential election, Alviri was one of the key people who met with Ayatollah Khamenei in order to find a solution to the crisis that the country was -- and is -- facing as the result of the rigged election.

The statement continues,

People of Iran!

It is clear that all of your efforts to restore tranquility to society are not to be responded to wisely [by the hardliners]. Difficult days are ahead. The arrest of such people as Dr. Beheshti is one sign that indicates even worse events [will take place]. But lawlessness will go away and only the thing [righteousness] that benefits people will survive. Keep your calm and alertness. The new series of events that have begun will, similar to the blind provocations of recent times, leave nothing for those who oppose you but damage. Be careful not to be provoked, so that as they [the hardliners] destroy [themselves] they will not damage your homes and country. My condolences go to the children, students, followers, and friends of [Ayatollah Dr.] Beheshti, that oppressed martyr, and all the supporters of the Revolution and Islam for the disrespect [that the hardliners have shown toward them], and I ask God that the hurt feelings that we feel in our hearts due to this act be compensated by making eternal the great credibility of this [Beheshti] family.

In addition to Alviri and Beheshti, Mohammad Davari, editor-in-chief of Saham News, the website of Karroubi's Etemed-e Melli Party, has also been arrested. The judiciary also sealed the offices of the Association for the Defense of the Rights of Imprisoned People, a human rights organization that had also been collecting evidence of crimes in jails since the rigged election.

As the author pointed out in his previous article, the hard-line commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have no intention of backing down. They are even ratcheting up pressure on the reformists and leaders of the Green Movement. Last week Major General Mohammad Ali (Aziz) Jafari, the top IRGC commander, accused Mousavi, Karroubi, and former president Mohammad Khatami of plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

Jafari's accusations were followed on Monday by an article in Sobh-e Saadegh [true dawn] weekly, an IRGC mouthpiece, from Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, the head of the IRGC political directorate. In that piece, not only did he repeat General Jafari's accusations, but also attempted to justify the IRGC intervention in politics in general, and in the election in particular. He said that while Ayatollah Khomeini's ban on the military's involvement with political groups and parties remains in force [this in itself is a novel interpretation of Ayatollah Khomeini's order, as that order had been intended for non-intervention of military in any political issue], "times have changed," which necessitate IRGC intervention. Thus, the hardline IRGC commanders no longer even try to hide their intervention in the affairs of the nation, something that up until recently they denied doing.

The goals of the hardliners and the IRGC by the recent arrests seem fourfold. One is to confiscate and destroy all the documents that prove crimes took place in the jails and detention centers, particularly evidence of rape and torture.

The second goal is continuing to crackdown on dissent with the hope of crushing the Green Movement, a goal that has not been accomplished so far, despite at least hundreds of arrests and widespread violence by security forces and the Basij militia.

The third goal is to prevent a show of strength on Friday September 18 by the Green Movement. That day, the last Friday in the month of Ramadan, is called Quds Day, the day that Ayatollah Khomeini designated for protests against the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. But the leaders of the Green Movement have called on people to use the occasion to show the strength of their movement. As the Quds Day demonstrations take place in every city, town and even small village, the upcoming event has worried the hardliners -- it would be extremely embarrassing to them if people came out in a show of force.

The final goal is trying to either further isolate Mousavi, Karroubi, Khatami, and other reformist leaders, or set the stage for their eventual arrest.

A surprising aspect of the more recents developments is the total silence about them. No one, not even the Majles deputies, have been willing to speak about them. Even Karroubi himself has so far said nothing about the closure of his own office and the arrest of Alviri, his senior campaign aide. Hardline newspapers, such as Kayhan and Resalat, have also remained silent. It appears that everyone has been ordered to stay silent about the arrests, and that, as Mousavi mentions in his statement, more severe actions by the hardliners are expected in the coming days.

These events have also dash any hope that Tehran's new Prosecutor-General, Jafari Dowlatabadi, will be an improvement over his notorious predecessor, Saeed Mortazavi. He appears to be at least as hardline as Mortazavi, which in the author's opinion should not be surprising. No one is appointed to such a sensitive position in Iran unless he has proved his loyalty to the hardliners.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will lead the Friday prayer of Tehran on September 11 (tomorrow). It remains to be seen whether he will continue his tough line toward the Green Movement and its leaders, as he did on Friday June 19 after the election, or if he will strike a more conciliatory tone.

Copyright (c) 2009 Tehran Bureau

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This culture of violence must be stopped. This Islamic regime is not worthy of respect because it fails to assure its citizens security in their persons and property, and in their places of work. It has created serious wounds on the nation. The current Leaders, hardliners, the IRCG,Basij militia, and the security forces who carried out these acts behaved as if they were victors and heroes. There was no absolute contrition, no sorrow for what they have done, no admission of mistakes in trying to assault the reformists leaders and supporters through the forces of arms. These people who courageous exposed the truth and opposed this regime were either harassed, intimidated, pressured, arrested, jailed for imagined and trumped up charges. Some unfortunately, succumed to the blandishments of the regime and conspired in the distortion of the truth, where words were tortured to justify further repression of the people. The more daring and heroic ones who tenaciously resisted the regime were threatened and ultimately salvaged.

The present atmosphere produces a chilling effect on every Iranian.

The now louder cries for justice, freedom, truth and democracy will fuel a historic revolution that will eventually topple this regime

shetty / September 10, 2009 10:03 AM


Long Live to IRCG, Basij, the people of iran..

come on speed the Nuclear activities.. zionists wont let down except by force. Death to the "stooges"....

abdikadir / September 10, 2009 10:09 AM

yesterday you said that Khamanie ( PPH) fears to face the people..

why to day he is leading.. why dont people reject him..


abdikadir / September 10, 2009 10:13 AM

To Abdikadir:

You should not be reading the articles on this site. You are in the wrong place buddy. With your kind of mentality, you should go to the sites of the criminals of this regime and there are many of them. I think IRGC and the hardliners have their own sites. Please refer to them.

MM / September 10, 2009 10:33 AM

Great rebuttal MM. The likes of Abdikadir and comments like his aren't worth a penny. Simply ignore or declare them "persona non grata."

shetty / September 10, 2009 11:19 AM

Difficult days for the IRGC coup regime ahead. They are going into a panic. They are implicated in the NYC911 attacks in a lawsuit being filed in New York. The long arm of the law is reaching out for them. I wonder how many other cases are being prepared for the Hague. These IRGC criminals have broken so many laws inside and outside Iran that they have no claim to legitimacy left anywhere. Check out the Persian video link -with English excerpts in transcription-at http://tinyurl.com/m4e4on

mtricks / September 10, 2009 12:56 PM

Thank you Shetty. Some of the comments are so off-the-wall that it is not worth responding. You are absolutely right.

MM / September 10, 2009 1:20 PM

To shetty and MM : Amen!!

Ignoring this kind of comment is the best answer for his kind!!!

Monique / September 10, 2009 1:55 PM

I don't in any way find Abdikadir's comments offensive. If anything, I think this person should elaborate further on his views.

To silence or disrespect views that are contrary to your own is one of your primary objections to the state of affairs you perceive taking place in the IRI today. To deny Abdikadir and his followers the same on TB is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

Keep an open mind. Let Abdikadir and Radical Guy comment. Perhaps they can change your mind. Not likely. But hey, anythings possible. And that's the beauty of free speech.


Pirouz / September 10, 2009 5:06 PM

More power and money keep going to the IRGC. Khameni and Ahmadinejad think they will keep their power by favoring them. Neither controls the IRGC. It is doubtful that even Khameni could control them if he tried.Some day the Revolutionary Guard will realize that both of them are dispensible. They could set up a military government under the guise of restoring the republic and unleash an even worse dictatorship.

outsider / September 10, 2009 9:30 PM

Abdikadir does have a point.

Being new to this site its easy to see that the articles written by Muhammad Sahimi contain his own views which are sometimes very exaggeratory and extreme.

Carlos / September 10, 2009 10:12 PM

Carlos: Abdikadir sounds like a Palestinian or A Lebanese Hizballah stooge to me. He couldn't care less if Iran and Iranian get slaughtered in a stupid conflagration to "liberate" his homeland...Iranians are waking up.

NO Gaza, No Lebanon,

Only Iran

vildemose / September 11, 2009 9:21 PM

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General Services Administration / September 12, 2009 9:32 PM

The so-called reformists must believe that they can just make things up out of thin air. The way they pretend that they follow the path of Imam Khomeini is insulting. If their interpretation of Imam Khomeini were right the Imam would have stood with Ayatollah Montazeri. INSTEAD THIS IS WHAT THE IMAM WROTE ABOUT MONTAZERI:


Translation of Ayatollah Khomeini Letter Dismissing


The text of Ayatollah Khomeini's historic letter was recently printed in Abrar.

Tehran ABRAR 22 Nov 1997, page 2.

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. To Mr. Montazeri.

My heart is broken and filled with blood now that I am writing a few words to you. Perhaps one day

the people will realize the facts by reading this letter.

In your recent letter to me, you said that, in accordance with the Shari ah, you give priority to

my views over your own. I consider God my witness when I point out the following issues:

Since it has become clear that after me you are going to hand over this country, our dear Islamic

revolution, and the Muslim people of Iran to the liberals, and through that channel to the hypocrites

[Mojahedin-e Khalq], you are no longer eligible to succeed me as the legitimate leader of the state.

You, in most of your letters, speeches and stances, have shown that you believe the liberals and

hypocrites should rule in this country. It is so clear that your remarks have been dictated by the

hypocrites that I did not see any point in sending a reply. For instance, thanks to your speeches and

written work, the hypocrites took advantage of your stance in defense of their ilk to promote a

number of their comrades who had been condemned to death on charges of waging an armed

struggle against Islam and the revolution to positions of authority. Can you see what valuable

services you have offered to arrogance? On the issue of the murderer Mahdi Hashemi [a supporter

and relative of Ayatollah Montazeri, who was later executed], you considered him to be the most

religious person on earth. Despite the fact that it was proved to you that he was a murderer, you kept

sending messages to me to spare his life. There are so many other examples, similar to that of Mahdi

Hashemi, that I cannot be bothered to mention them all.

You no longer have the power of attorney on my behalf. Tell the people who bring you gold and

money to take them to Mr. Pasandideh s [Khomeyni s elder brother] residence in Qom or to me in

Jamaran. Praise be to God, you yourself will not have any financial commitments from this date.

If, in accordance with the Shari ah, you do consider my views to be superior to yours (which

certainly the hypocrites will advise you that it is against your interests to do so; and no doubt you

will become busy writing things which will further deteriorate your future), then you should listen to

the following words of advice I am giving you. It breaks my heart and my chest is full of agonizing

pain when I see that you, the fruit of my life s labor, are so ungrateful. However, by relying on

Almighty God, I give you the following words of advice, and it will be up to you whether you make

a note of them or not:

One: Try to change the members of your bureau so as to avoid feeding the hypocrites, Mahdi

Hashemi s clique, and the liberals from the sacred charity funds donated to the Imam.

Two: Since you are a gullible [sadeh lowh] person and are provoked easily, do not interfere in

political matters, and maybe then God will forgive you for your sins.

Three: Do not write to me ever again, and do not allow the hypocrites to pass state secrets to foreign

radio stations. Four: Since you became a mouthpice of the hypocrites and your speeches have

conveyed their wishes and letters to the people via the mass media, you have inflicted heavy blows

on Islam and the revolution. This is a great act of treason against the unknown soldiers of the Lord

of the Age, may our souls be sacrificed for him, and against the sacrifices made by the illustrious

martyrs of Islam and the revolution. If you wish to save yourself from hell fire, you had better

confess to all your sins and mistakes and maybe then God will help you.

I swear to God that from the start I was against choosing you as my successor, but at the time I did

not realize you were so gullible. To me you were not a resourceful manager but an educated person

who could benefit the religious seminaries. If you continue your deeds I will definitely be obliged to

do something about you. And you know me, I never neglect my obligation.

I swear to God that I was against appointing Mahdi Bazargan as the first prime minister, too, but I

considered him to be a decent person. I also swear to God that I did not vote for Bani-Sadr, as the

president either. On all these occasions I submitted to the advice of my friends. In the midst of my

pain and suffering, I wish to address our dear people from the bottom of my broken heart:

I have made a pledge with my God not to forgive evil individuals ever, if I am not obliged to do so.

I have made a pledge with my God that pleasing Him [God] is much greater priority than pleasing

my friends and other people. If the entire world were to rise against me, I would never abandon

justice and the truth. I do not care about history and current developments. I am only interested in

performing my religious duties. In addition to my pledge with God, I have promised the decent,

noble, and honest people to inform them of the facts when the time is appropriate. Islam s history is

full of instances of treason by its prominent figures against Islam. Try to make sure that you are not

influenced by the lies broadcast by foreign radio stations. These radio stations dictate their lies with

so much joy and enthusiasm these days. I beseech Almighty God to grant patience and tolerance to

this old father of the dear Iranian people. I beseech God to forgive me and to take me away from this

world so that I no longer have to experience the bitter taste of my friends treachery. We all submit

to God s will. We have no power without God s will. Everything comes from Him. Wishing you

peace: Ruhollah al-Musavi al-Khomeyni; dated: Sunday 6 Farvardin 1368.

Samuel / September 13, 2009 1:41 PM

@Samuel, never mind how many times khomeini repeats God's name in his letter and how truthful he pretend
he is. Montazeri fiercely objected to khomeini's direct and personal creed to slaughter more than 4500 people in summer of 1988, who wrer already in prison serving time because they were affiliated with groups groups who had different view than what khomeini believed in.
If you are interested to see some evidence and khomeini's hand writing ordering the infamous mass executions just google "Prison Massacre Summer of 1988".
Khomeini was a mass murderer, period!

Here is n excerpt from the same letter you posted above in which khomeini himself declared there were so many execution orders that can not be bothered to mention them all.

"On the issue of the murderer Mahdi Hashemi [a supporter and relative of Ayatollah Montazeri, who was later executed], you considered him to be the most religious person on earth. Despite the fact that it was proved to you that he was a murderer, you kept sending messages to me to spare his life. There are so many other examples, similar to that of Mahdi Hashemi, that I cannot be bothered to mention them all."

Aryajet / September 25, 2009 2:10 PM

keep on that way and you're gonna win. one more support from france. We also have an asshole over here in the name of sarkozy who is attacking democracy and human rights. Bless.

cedric dorlencourt / September 28, 2009 2:59 PM