1. Re: “The military leads the way with the Cultural Advisor to the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi, setting out guidelines: Rouhani is not a Reformist but is someone who will be active “within the framework of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.”

    The military is not the Revolutionary Guards. As far as I am aware, the military – Artesh – has not made any statements regarding Rouhani’s election.

  2. Saeed Mortazavi, the Butcher of the Press,

    who was charged with complicity in murder, was found
    of that charge and was only fined 200,000 rials for the charge of “giving a false report.”


    In late August 2010, Saeed Mortazavi and two judges were suspended from office after a judicial investigation into the deaths of three men from torture detained on his orders following the June 2009 presidential election. This stripped him of his immunity as a member of the judiciary. On 5 February 2013 a statement posted on the Tehran prosecutor’s website announced Mortazavi’s arrest. Two days later he was released.

    No explanation was given for either the detention or his release at the time.

    The trial of Mortazavi and two co-defendents began on 26 February 2013. Charges against Mortazavi and his former deputy Ali Akbar Heydarifar, and former Judge Hassan Zareh Dehnavi include unlawful arrest, filing a false report, and assisting in the filing of a false
    report. “There are conflicting reports on whether the three also face murder charges.” On the opening day of proceedings, the presiding Judge—Siamak Modir Khorasani—announced the trial would be held behind closed doors.

    The lack of transparency of the trial has been criticized by Shirin Ebadi and others.
    According to Shirin Ebadi:

    “The accused in this case, particularly former prosecutor Said Mortazavi, received direct orders from officials above him – including the Leader. Therefore, [the authorities] would never dare put him on trial in public.”

    source from Feb 27 2013 http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/02/in-iran-trials-that-are-just-for-show/273570/

    • What a shameful day for justice in Iran!

      Although the fine of 2,000,000 rials is nothing more than a slap on the wrist, but I just wanted to clarify that is not the only punishment for Mortazavi. Along with the other two judges, Mortazavi was also found guilty of false arrest and was barred for lifetime of his judgeship, and for 5 years of holding any government offices which I think for someone with his connections would not be such a hardship.

      Once again, behind the curtain deals and the fact that Mortazavi has been much more responsible that the verdicts here show, and he has committed many other crimes in the past at the command of higher up, the ‘higher up’ is certainly protecting him. Reminds me of a saying attributed to Rouhani in his last speech, that no one is above the law in Iran! Indeed! NOT!

      The family of Mohammad Kamrani, Mohsen Rooholamini, and Amir Javadifar are yet to receive proper justice for the crimes committed against their loved ones.


  3. Hi Scott,

    I hope I am not nitpicking, but the following quote, “The Supreme Leader is the articulation of the will of the people in the Islamic Republic, and no one, not even the president-elect, can take contrary positions.” attributed to Khatami has been badly translated from the Farsi version by Roozonline.

    Here is my version, and my strongest objection is to replace “velayate faghih” with “Supreme Leader”, big difference!

    “Velayate Faghih [Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists] is the guide of nation, and no one, not even the president-elect, can disagree with it.”

    “shakhes melat” has been wrongfully translated to “articulation of the will of people in the Islamic republic.” ‘Shakhes’ has several meaning, it can refer to an index, representative, a measure for comparison, and also a guiding principle which is more appropriate here.

    Khatami speaks very carefully especially at a time that his power might be on the rise. When he uses “shakhes”, it might also be a reference to the 40 guiding principles that were announced by the Office of Supreme Leader for a successful government.


  4. Iran Election 2013; Listen Up, the Radicals Are Speaking

    “More than 27 percent of Iran’s eligible voters did not participate in the Islamic Republic’s 2013 Presidential election, even after Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had announced that those who oppose the regime should still vote for the sake of their country. From the outside looking in, one may conclude that non-voters in Iran lacked political motivation, but just like how many people who voted for current President Hassan Rouhani desire change in Iran, many non-voters also desire change. The difference is that non-voters are not hopeful that change is possible in Iran through the people’s cooperation in an electoral process that just allows candidates approved by the Guardian Council to run (women, political opposition, religious minorities, and atheists are disqualified). Iranians may have also not voted in order to demonstrate their objection to the violent crackdown that followed the 2009 election.”


  5. It is really not that important, but the fine for Mortazavi as I have indicated in a previous post is 2,000,000 rials or 200,000 tomans. Let me take this opportunity and also report on the variety of street stories that have been reported about the announcement of the verdict and the 2,000,000 rial fine.

    Mortazavi to the waiter: Can I have the check?
    Waiter; Let’s see, you have had 6 rapes and 4 murders, not worth your while, but 200 tomans will do!

    Price for speeding in the highways: 2,500,000 rials
    4 murders at Kahrizak: 2,000,000 rials
    Justice in IRI: priceless!

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