Iran Daily: Former Tehran Prosecutor Sentenced Over Deaths of Protesters in 2009


Saeed Mortazavi (pictured), the former Tehran Prosecutor General, has been sentenced to two years in prison over the deaths of protesters after the disputed 2009 Presidential election.

Scores of demonstrators were killed by Iranian security forces. Thousands of people were detained, and several died in custody.

Mortazavi came under scrutiny because one of the victims, Mohsen Ruholamini, was the son of prominent conservative political activist Abdolhossein Ruholamini. The Supreme Leader criticized abuses in the Kahrizak detention center near Tehran, where three other detainees died, and the facility was closed.
In 2014 Mortazavi was found guilty of illegally detaining people and sending them to Kahrizak. The former prosecutor was also barred for life from serving in the Justice Department and for five years from serving in public positions.

The former prosecutor was initially acquitted of being an accomplice to murder, but the court of appeals has now overruled the verdict.

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  1. If this “former prosecutor was initially acquitted of being an accomplice to murder” does that mean others were prosecuted for actual murder[s] and if so how did those cases pan out?

      • … of what? The article doesn’t say. Also, correct me if wrong here, but I don’t suppose a couple of judges were so enthusiastic as to be personally working the prisoners over down in the jail-house.

        It seems curious that charges of “accomplice to murder” would be preferred if prosecutors did not have hands on a direct perpetrator on trial for the murder per se.

        How else can it be proven that there was any murder in the first place? And if it was proven in the case of the accomplice, how is/are the direct perpetrator[s] not known and already sharing a cell with him?

        • Yes. I think a charge of manslaughter would have been more appropriate because the detainees should never have been sent to Kahrizak, but what actually happened there was not the fault of Mortazavi.

  2. “Scores of demonstrators were killed by Iranian security forces. Thousands of people were detained, and several died in custody.”

    Actually, we don’t know the number of demonstrators killed and, in particular, those killed by members of the security forces. Mohammad Sahimi, a Green Movement supporter, claims 110 people were killed ( but Masih Alinejad, a journalist and another Green Movement supporter, confirms only half that (56):

    The Sahimi report, in many cases, admits “nothing is known about the circumstances of his/her death”. It also mentions one opposition supporter who “mysteriously lost his life in a car accident”, thus raising doubts about whether many of those who died were killed by anyone at all. It is widely believed that some civilians may have been shot by members of the MKO terror group, notably Ali Mousavi on December 27th and Neda Agha-Soltan on June 20th who, despite being adopted by the Green Movement as their heroine, was not protesting at the time she was shot (she was stuck in traffic on her way to a music class).

    • Even the conservative, verified figure is scores of protesters.

      The MKO cover story is regime propaganda without foundation.

  3. Archive: MKO admits it was involved in the 2009 sedition

    “The Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) has acknowledged that it played a role in Sunday’s violent anti-government protests in Iran. Leader of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization Maryam Rajavi MKO followers cooperated with the demonstrators and coordinated the protests, the organization’s leader Maryam Rajavi told AFP in Paris on Tuesday.”

    The MKO is believed to have been involved in the attack on the Basij base on June 15th, in which 8 people were shot, according to anti-regime journalist, Maziar Bahari:

    • None of this — especially MKO’s self-promoting propaganda — has anything to do with firing on protesters or killing them in prisons.

      • It does in the case of the attack on the Baseej compound on June 15th. The man who shot the rioters did so because of the actions of MEK/MKO agitators according to anti-regime journalist, Maziar Bahari:

        When he arrived on the scene, he turned his camera on a small number of demonstrators hurling Molotov cocktails at a base of the Basij paramilitaries in a residential neighborhood close to Azadi Square. He was filming as some of the protesters tried to storm the base and Basij militiamen, who had been firing tear gas and warning shots, began “shooting indiscriminately into the crowd.”

        “Peaceful demonstrators” don’t throw molotov cocktails and storm paramilitary compunds.

        • You’ve muddled the events, out of confusion or an attempt to spin your narrative.

          As Bahari makes clear, while MKO members threw Molotov cocktails, they did not have guns. It was the Basij paramilitary that was firing weapons.

          So there is no support for your attempt to link this to MKO shootings of protesters.

          • 63 people were killed and 12,000 arrested during the L.A riots of 1992. The security forces were not responsible for *all* those killed and wounded, and neither can Iranian police and Baseej forces be blamed for all those who died in the 2009 protests/riots. We just don’t know.

  4. Iran hints Zaghari-Ratcliffe might be released from jail early

    Iran’s Islamic penal code allows parole for prisoners sentenced to less than 10 years who meet conditions including having served a third of their time and shown good behaviour while in jail. Zaghari Ratcliffe was arrested on 3 April 2016, which is considered the starting point of her jail sentence. A third of the sentence will be reached in December, raising the possibility that she could spend Christmas with her family.

  5. Richard Ratcliffe hits out at IRIB “propaganda” film

    “Some really strident allegations, particularly in the Iranian media, about how she was involved in some big MI6 plot and her charity work for the BBC many years ago is being built up as some big grand thing that it really wasn’t……..The TV programme said there was going to be two parts, so we’re just waiting to see what else they’re going to try to say.”

    IRIB claimed that the second part of the program would involve Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s role in making the case for sanctions against Iran.

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