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Ejei Steps In to Find Karroubi's Lost Marbles

by HANA H. in Tehran

25 Sep 2009 03:593 Comments

[Comment] The other week, the live debate program on Iran's channel 2 had a well-known guest, the former Iranian intelligence minister and the country's current Prosecutor-General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei.

As always, when there is a mess that needs to be cleaned up, Ejei, who recently assumed the role of a one-man cleaning crew, is brought in for damage control.

The mess that needed cleaning up this time was claims of 'rogue' officers torturing, raping and killing post-election detainees -- allegations made by opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi, who wrote more than one open letter on the subject and threatened to go public with his evidence if investigations were not immediately launched.

Ejei's eloquence in lining up excuses and convincingly fabricating a scenario to tell the story from a very fresh perspective has on more than one occasion proven to be a very handy tool in helping get the public to see the truth.

That night on TV, there was a man of god with compassion radiating from his features, an irresistible candor in his words, and newspaper clippings, charts and audiovisual reports to back his every word.

Seeing the silver-tongued Ejei on television made it easy to forget that the president had once entrusted him with the secrets of the country. It slipped minds that he had allegedly been dismissed from his ministerial position for allegedly confronting the chief executive, and it certainly seemed immaterial that he had taken with him all the intelligence painstakingly gathered during his four-year term before receiving the keys to the office of prosecutor-general.

He began his tale by recounting how the three-member judiciary committee had been formed a long while before Karroubi had even thought of writing a letter, making it unclear why Karroubi and many news reports continued to insist that the committee had been established after a Karroubi letter to the new judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani.

Ejei then weaved together a vivid picture of his first meeting with Karroubi, during which he asked the Sheik of Reform whether he was certain about the claims he was making; Karroubi had said, 'No, I have only heard things and two people have directly told me and the rest are all accounts that have reached me through the grapevine.'

And while that shameless cleric said he had only handed over one CD to the Committee, Ejei refused to conceal the truth and revealed there had actually been four.

Next, he mentioned how they had discovered that the CD belonging to one "A.SH" had clearly been taped and re-taped until a final copy had been produced. (In Iran people are often reduced to initials to supposedly protect their identities and perhaps to exaggerate the gravity of the situation or to show that the only nameless people are capable of violating the law; no one with a real name can be a criminal -- it goes against revolutionary ideals.)

Ejei, however, was still unwilling to accuse Karroubi of foul play, saying he was almost certain Karroubi had been unaware that the CD had been doctored.

Ejei recounted the many trials and tribulations he had endured on the path of determining the truth and seeking justice. When the committee had decided to seek Karroubi's help to talk directly to A.SH, the person of interest had suddenly and mysteriously disappeared and the judiciary team had had to find this out through the Karroubi website.

Ejei explained how a girl who Karroubi claimed had been raped, murdered, secretly burnt with acid and buried to cover all traces of the crime, was in fact a runaway girl who had left her home on the fourth of July.

Her devastated mother, who was fed up with the girl's escapades, had written two letters, on July 11th and 13th, to one of the authorities to say, 'Enough is enough. My daughter has run away seven times. It's time for one of you people running the country to stop whatever it is that you are doing to go look for her and bring her home.'

Iranians are apparently such a rare species that every citizen is treated like a celebrity -- even runaway girls -- and authorities know everyone in the tribe by name.

Ejei said that the desperate mother had eventually decided to declare her daughter dead and hold a funeral. This way she didn't have to tell people 'she ran away again.'

Holding mock funerals is apparently no longer a crime punishable by law.

The story ended with the girl calling home and telling her mother she was alive and well and would be returning in a few days.

Ejei closed his long list of incriminating and foolproof evidence by saying that as the prosecutor-general of the country he had no idea why documents had been taken from Karroubi's offices, as the confiscated documents were unrelated to his investigations.

But Karroubi, for no good reason, continues to rant and rave that men holding a warrant signed by the prosecutor have closed his office and taken his documents.

It goes without saying that the ramblings of a senile old man about having only talked to victims and not having been there to witness the alleged rapes in order to testify about them and so not being able to give the committee the 'member,' object, or whatever they want to call it, used by the violators, cannot be taken seriously.

Photo caption: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki (L), Iran's police chief Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam (C) and then intelligence minister Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei (R) listen to the Friday prayers sermon at Tehran university on January 2, 2009.

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Sad if true, this sounds like a film script where the Director keeps rewriting the story as it suits him.

rezvan / September 27, 2009 1:09 AM

I'm tired and confused and have no idea if this article is condemning the IRI and is pro karroubi or the opposite or some other combination.

Oreo / September 27, 2009 9:16 PM

"I'm tired and confused and have no idea if this article is condemning the IRI and is pro karroubi or the opposite or some other combination."
Don't worry. Me too. I mean, it starts like it's defending Karroubi, but it ends with attacking him. I think the author was trying to speak Ejei's word, but does it so poorly that you think she's writing her own opinion towards Karroubi, not Ejei's.

An interesting yet poorly-written article.

Sepand / September 29, 2009 11:47 AM