Iran Daily: Regime Calls for Arbitration Between Ex-President Ahmadinejad and Judiciary Head

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) between judiciary head Sadeq Larijani (L) and Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani at his swearing-in ceremony after the disputed 2009 Presidential election

The Iranian regime has called for arbitration in the battle between former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and head of judiciary Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

The message was put out through Tehran Friday Prayer leader Ayatollah Emami Kashani, who advised, “The problems should not be publicly tabled. Some elders should be selected to weigh your words against the other’s side and address the problem.”

Ahmadinejad has feuded with the Larjani brothers — including judiciary head Sadeq, Speaker of Parliament Ali, and senior judiciary official Mohammad Javad — for years, accusing them of corruption and illegal acquisition of property. In recent weeks, the dispute has escalated as Ahmadinejad’s allies have faced long prison terms and Parliament’s Audit Court found the former President guilty of diverting $3 billion in State funds and ordering him to repay the money.

Last weekend Ahmadinejad issued a 48-hour video ultimatum for the judiciary to publish documents in the cases against him, calling its head a “greedy, land-grabbing tyrant” and a totally “unjust” official who should immediately resign to avoid the collapse of the ruling system.

Sadeq Larijani ordered his staff to produce some of the documents. But at the same, the judiciary put out a more powerful signal with the imposition of a 63-year sentence on Ahmadinejad’s forver Vice President Hamid Baghaei for misuse of public funds.

Ayatollah Kashani called for a compromise for the sake of the regime, “Many unfounded claims might be presented and tenfold enlarged by the media, which leads to public disturbance and disappointing the authorities.”

Yet the judiciary showed no signs of backing down. It announced the sentence of another senior Ahmadinejad advisor, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, to six months in prison. Last Thursday Javanfekr wrote on a pro-Ahmadinejad site, “If the head of the judiciary insists on staying in power, no option will be left other than asking Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to dismiss him for the sake of recovering the judiciary’s tainted reputation.”

Last month Baghaei, Javanfekr, and a third Ahmadinejad associate tried to claim sanctuary in a south Tehran shrine to avoid court summons, as the former President rallied the crowd outside with provocative speeches.

The Supreme Leader has made no comment on the dispute or on Ahmadinejad, who is still a member of the Expediency Council despite his fight with regime figures.

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  1. I was not aware that Ayatollah Emami-Kashani was the spokesman for the Iranian “regime”, whatever that’s supposed to entail. As you yourself report, he is a Friday prayers leader as well as a member of the Assembly of Experts.

      • So why not write that if you think Emami-Kashani’s sermon was written for him by the Leader’s office? Why make this cleric the spokesman for the entire ruling establishment (which is what you intended to mean)?

        Btw, I’d like to know how you think Rafsanjani’s July 2009 Friday prayers sermon (and his last) was “delivered with guidelines” by Khamenei’s aides? Just curious.

        • No, Rafsanjani defied guidance in his July 2009 Friday Prayer sermon which said Iranians had a right to protest.

          That is why he was never allowed to give another one.

          • Ah..right. Maybe Emami-Kashani also ignored any “guidance” in calling for arbitration. Do you not accept that this could be his own personal recommendation rather than something he was instructed to suggest?

  2. Ayatollah Emami-Kashani, btw, was the second top vote-getter in the recent Assembly of Experts elections for Tehran with 2,286,483, pushing Rouhani into third place with 2,238,166. One of the reasons for his relative popularity is because he is regarded as an independent voice within the clerical establishment who refuses to take sides.

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