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Mortazavi Still Standing

10 Sep 2010 21:2430 Comments


Worth a thousand words: As widely reported late last month, Saeed Mortazavi and two other judges were suspended for their roles in the in torture deaths of three students at Kahrizak detention center. However, it does not appear that the notorious former prosecutor has fallen from grace. As seen in these photos, he attended Friday's Eid ul-Fitr Prayers, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. He is photographed in the second row, standing behind an IRGC general.

A bodyguard stands between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and arch foe Ali Larijani, the powerful speaker of parliament. Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi makes it to the first row, along with Ayatollahs Ahmad Jannati and Mohammad Imami-Kashani. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is relegated to the second row. Gholam-Hossein Elham, a close aide to Ahmadinejad, does not make the first row either. Neither does Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi. Ahmad Tavakoli, a conservative who leads the opposition to Ahmadinejad in parliament, is all the way back in the fourth prayer rung. -- Tehran Bureau staff

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where is an earthquake when u need one...

ahvaz / September 11, 2010 12:18 AM

As a woman I must say this is one generation of ugly Iranian men.
Can someone tell me why Khamenei is standing in a hole? What are those things in front of him?

Niloofar / September 11, 2010 4:28 AM

Dear TB staff,

That's not a 'bodyguard' standing between Ahmadinejad and Larijani; it's Agha Vahid!

Stay sharp.

Ali from Tehran / September 11, 2010 6:05 AM

Yes They are ugly and scary.....The reason that Dictator is standing in the hole is because he is an A**hole, forever and ever. And those things in front of him are incase he forget how to do his "NAMAZ" (Daily Pray). I hope all these men Burn in hell for the un-justice they have done to the humanity.....YES....Where is an earthquake or a suicide bomber when you need one.

Nick3904 / September 11, 2010 6:35 AM

Niloofar, I think you are being unfair to Jannati.
I have to point out as an Iranian man that the women MPs of the Islamic Republic aren't too hot either, judging by the shiny noses that are visible from under their black chadors.

Cy / September 11, 2010 6:41 AM

Great analysis of the power dynamics through photos! These are definitely some butt-ugly characters.

Ali / September 11, 2010 7:13 AM

Niloofar: It is custom made for him in order to minimize the risk for assassinations, making it difficult for e.g. a sniper to shoot him from a distance, especially when he bends forward during prayer...

ahvaz: I agree, though I'd rather see a bomb, just big enough for that space where all of those are standing.. OR a version of the part in the movie "Inglorious Basterds" where a few guys with machine guns make the process short... That would be quite wonderful....

Koroosh / September 11, 2010 12:47 PM

He is standing in his grave!!!

Anonymous / September 11, 2010 1:12 PM

Earthquake?! Where is a cruise missile when you need it. Now was the time to do it and get Iranian poeple free of them of all. No war! No bloodshed!

Anonymous / September 11, 2010 1:20 PM

Would help if you'd insert some picture identifiers.... The key implication of your headline though is contradicted by the appearance of none other than Ali Hashemi-Rafsanjani just to the left of Larijani. He's alleged to have fallen out of favor too (for opposite reasons, as in daring to defend the green movement) -- but there he is, front and center. That seems QUITE remarkable.

PS to Niloofar.... I could be wrong, but I seem to recall that the ideal behind the prayer leader being lower than the masses is to convey that he's not above anyone. (always bothered me that in western "high church" ceremonies, the priest was soooo "high" and mighty up front, way up on a pulpit.... maybe it's the anabaptist egalitarian in me..... but it works in Islam too.)

William / September 11, 2010 2:18 PM

What's really "ugly" here is these juvenile, venemous Faux-head comments.... (right down there with that pastor wanting to burn Korans) What's next, more Hillary-style quotes about "obliterating" Iran? How would you react if say an Iranian crank would call for a bombing of the next Presidential address before a joint-session of Congress, with top officials present? Such venom.

William / September 11, 2010 3:40 PM

William, the very same people in the photo have been chanting death to this, death to that for 31 years. In fact on this very occasion they all chanted "death to does who oppose the Vali Faghih(Khamenei)" , i.e death to millions of Iranians including myself and my whole family, and they mean it! They've acted on it before and will act on it again. I think it is obvious that most people on this forum were joking (even if in poor taste). I personally wouldn't want any of the people in the photo to die before they face a trial held by the Iranian people in Iran at some point in the future. And even then only people from the first few rows.

Cy / September 11, 2010 6:44 PM

That is not a bodyguard between Larijani and Ahmadinejad, that's [General] Vahid (not to be mistaken with Vahidi the defence minister) who has since elections last year, if not sooner, become the main point of access to Khamenei himself

Anonymous / September 11, 2010 7:22 PM

But is it a mistake to impute that General Vahid is severing in the capacity of a bodyguard? He doesn't look like he is praying.

moderator / September 11, 2010 8:04 PM

The repulsive ugliness of these men is evoked by that fact that they are praying to all merciful Allah. We as the viewers know that in the name of Allah they have routinely lie, steal money, torture rape, and murder innocent students and civilians.

Helleh / September 11, 2010 8:30 PM

@moderator : hahaha ,he is not praying. LOL

Amin / September 11, 2010 8:40 PM

William: I presume you are American, or at least, not Iranian.. So dont expect to understand our words of hatred for these murderers, that is my conclusion by reading your naive comments.. We dont want anyone to ATTACK Iran, we want the islamic republic gone, and with these leaders having killed, tortured and robbed the iranian people blind for the last 31 years, it is only human of us to want them dead... In other words, please dont comments on things you obviously dont have a clue about...

Koroosh / September 11, 2010 8:42 PM

Well said Koroosh. Hopefully one day you will have your wish my friend. The sooner the better!

Bill / September 11, 2010 10:03 PM

It appears that the leading gorilla in "mehraab" does not even know his Fetr Payers and needs the "cheat sheets" to be placed in front of him in plain view to enable him to "lead" the chimps behind.

Shams / September 11, 2010 10:15 PM

Well said Kourosh...Well said my friend.

Nick3904 / September 12, 2010 2:49 AM

guys i think this is not fare because the beautiful men r paying in the back and the ugly people in the front i know this is reversal, but this came from the Iranian government and the people couldn't do any thing about that, at least they still fighting for their freedom, and i think that they gonna win.

by the way Iran has the most beautiful girls and boys in the world, trust me :)

cretios / September 12, 2010 8:18 AM

Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi makes it to the first row, along with Ayatollahs "Khazali" (Not Ahmad Jannati!) and Mohammad Imami-Kashani.
Ayatollahs Ahmad Jannati stands beside General Firouzabadi, The head of joint armed forces of Iran (The highest ranked military man in Iran)

reza / September 12, 2010 10:06 AM

What a concentrate of evil!

gloumdalclitch / September 12, 2010 4:52 PM

RE ".... OR a version of the part in the movie "Inglorious Basterds" where a few guys with machine guns make the process short... That would be quite wonderful"

yes.... or.. you could put a few beautiful women in there with bad hejab and force Allah to send an earthquake....see, I had thought it thru.


LOL, yes they are ugly...so very ugly. I guess it is true what they say, 'Evil becomes you'.


this photo will be Exhibit A at their trial for treason and murder.


This photo you posted makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time.
Of course, nothing less than a 4star general can separate those two from jumping on each other.
You are right he is not even praying. LOL....note he has his right eye on Raffers and left on Ahamdi... a body guard he is indeed.... ;)

Ahvaz / September 12, 2010 10:29 PM

How many of them, I wonder, have come straight from the torture chambers?

pirooz / September 13, 2010 5:07 AM

The purpose of having Agha Vahid where he is is not separating Larijani and Ahmadinejad. He is keeping on eye on Khamenei. That is his job; he is the SL's right hand. As the moderator pointed out, he does not even seem like praying.

Asghar Taragheh / September 13, 2010 8:04 AM

Vahid appears to be praying. Don't be fooled by his tall, erect, military-like bearing.

You should probably point out that Saeed Mortazavi is standing behind IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Jafari, Maj. Gen. Safavi and Artesh Commander Maj. Gen. Salehi.

Mortazavi is still head of Iran's Task Force Against Smuggling- is he not?

Pirouz / September 13, 2010 7:30 PM

Most interesting face is Ardeshir Larijani, and imagining that an Ardeshir has not only turned into such a bozo (قزمیت) but is also heading the judiciary of the land of Ardeshir Papakan instead of conducting temporary marriage (صیغه) ceremonies around mausoleums for petty donations: a perfect manifestation of the stinky devolution of 1979.

The runner up is the bozo to the right of his right (Jannati?), a thinking machine of the Islamic Republic. What a disgraceful bunch representing the black stain that the islamic revolution has come to be on the face of history of iran.

Rational / September 13, 2010 10:46 PM

Where's Mashaei?

Cy / September 14, 2010 5:36 AM

I'm so embarrassed.

Reza / September 20, 2010 6:49 PM