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  • 11 September 2009
  • Posted By Artin
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Friday Prayer leader: Why isn’t Mousavi being arrested?

In a further sign of a confrontation between a united conservative front and the Mousavi camp, today’s Friday Prayer leader in Isfahan indirectly called for Mousavi’s arrest. News website Peykiran reports (translation exclusive to New York Times):

[Isfahan’s Friday prayer leader] announced: “The people expect that the Judiciary must bring judgment upon the people who are the main source of this corruption.”

According to Fars News reporting from Isfahan, Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabainejad, in referring to post-election events in his Friday prayer sermon, said, “I ask explicitly why Mir Hossein Mousavi, who played the main role in these political actions, has not been arrested.”

“The people expect that the Judiciary must bring to judgement those people who are the main source of this corruption. Why isn’t Mousavi being arrested?”

In asking why the authorities were after the branches and twigs of these political programs, Tabatabainejad said, “Why are you prosecuting a group of young people, when these young people admit themselves they have fallen victim to others’ lies?”

“Those who are politically motivated who say Qods Day should come with Green symbols must be strangled.”

The government’s actions show they are serious about confronting Mousavi. Coupled with the Supreme Leader’s confrontational speech today, and Sadegh Larijani closing down the 3-person Judiciary committee for investigating Karroubi’s claims, it looks like the stage is set for a final confrontation.

  • 3 September 2009
  • Posted By Darioush Azizi
  • Iran Election 2009

Head of Reformist front released from Evin, judiciary head opposed to mass trials

PressTV is reporting that the head of the Reformist front in Tehran has been released from Evin prison after nearly two months. Abbas Mirza Aboutalebi was arrested on 10 July in connection with the unrest following the June 12 elections.

Aboutalebi is the deputy secretary general of Hambastegi (Solidarity), an Iranian Reformist party, and was a former deputy at the Iranian Parliament (Majlis).

He was also one of the top campaigners of defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

This could be another sign that the conservatives, under the direction of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, are moving towards some form of reconciliation.

Alternatively, it is an example of head of the judiciary Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani’s stance against the mass trials of reformists. Indeed, rumor has it the brother of Majles Speaker Ali Larijani is working to release three key reformists (including Saeed Hajjarian) before the end of Ramazan. From a New York Times article this morning:

Jahan news, a pro-government Web site, reported Thursday that Sadeq Larijani, head of the judiciary, is opposed to the mass trials of political prisoners that the president and his allies have organized.

The report said that he is looking to bring an end to the trials and has ordered the release of three high profile prisoners by the end of the of the holy month of Ramadan, including Saeed Hajjarian, a former deputy minister and reform movement strategist; Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, a former vice president; and Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, a former government spokesman.

  • 31 August 2009
  • Posted By David Elliott
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Did Mortazavi Get Promoted or Sidelined?

The L.A. Times airs the debate of what has become of the former prosecutor in Iran’s show trials:

“When he was Tehran public prosecutor he could only issue arrest warrants for people in Tehran,” said Khalil Bahramian, a human rights lawyer in the capital. “Now he can do the same nationwide.”

Not so fast, say Saleh Nikbakht and Mohammad-Hossein Aghassi, two Iranian trial lawyers who for years have been fighting for human rights in Iran’s legal trenches.

“From a bureaucratic and formal angle it seems like a promotion,” said Aghassi, who defended Radio Farda journalist Parnaz Azima when she was charged with committing crimes against national security in 2007.

“But in terms of the power to issue arrest warrants or issue verdict or sue anyone, it is a demotion because he has been stripped of all powers he had enjoyed,” he said.

Mortazavi gained infamy as head of a press court that shuttered dozens of newspapers. As public prosecutor in Tehran he went after dissidents and journalists with zeal. He earned international infamy in his alleged role behind the murder of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, a dual Iranian Canadian national, and its subsequent coverrup.

His new post, Aghassi said, gives him protection from future prosecution for his actions as Tehran prosecutor.

Nikbakht, one of the two lawyers who defended Iranian American journalist Roxana Saberi, called the “promotion” the “worst treatment he could receive” because he loses the power to order an arrest or a halt to political activities.

“In his new position he is one of six deputies for prosecutor-general Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei,” said Nikbakht. “Mortazavi, with his notorious background, will be seemingly equal to other fellow deputies…For sure his authority and power have been diminished almost to zero, nothing … because he cannot make any judiciary decision.”

Mortazavi will be under the thumb of Mohseni-Ejei, a prominent conservative and former intelligence minister who emerged as an enemy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s clique when he opposed the ongoing Tehran trials against dissidents and declined to link the recent unrest in Iran to a foreign plot.

  • 31 August 2009
  • Posted By Artin
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Sadegh Larijani says he will immediately free some prisoners

According to semi-official Mehr News, Sadegh Larijani has announced he will free some of the prisoners and punish people responsible for abuses at the Kahrizak prisons. He made in these remarks in a meeting with MP Kazem Jalili:

The Speaker of the Special Committee told Mehr News about his meeting with Larijani, saying, “Ayatollah Larijani alluded to the necessity to immediately free some prisoners and punish the agents of the [offenses] at Kahrizak and the dormitories, and that judgments or indictments relating to the post-election events must be accurately based on judicial regulations.

Larijani has made good on part of his promises by freeing a major Mousavi ally and a Principlist cleric that supported him, as we reported below. It remains to be seen if Larijani plans to engage in a full-blown offensive against the actions of the IRGC and the Shahroudi-era Judiciary, or if these are token attempts to restore legitimacy in the Islamic judiciary.

  • 31 August 2009
  • Posted By Matthew Negreanu
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Judiciary committee to investigate Karroubi’s letter

Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, Iran’s Judiciary chief appointed a three-member committee to examine Karroubi’s letter on the abuse of prisoners in Iran’s jails. According to Mehr News Agency:

Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani has ordered the 3-man committee on Saturday to study Mehdi Karroubi’s recent letter to him on the abuse of some prisoners detained in the post-election unrest.

In a decree issued on Saturday, the Judiciary chief appointed Deputy Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeesi, National Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, and Judiciary adviser Ali Khalafi to serve on a panel tasked with investigating the post-election incidents that occurred at the University of Tehran dormitory and certain detention centers. Larijani ordered the committee to examine all the points in Karroubi’s letter and report its findings.

  • 30 August 2009
  • Posted By Matthew Negreanu
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Tehran’s Prosecutor changed

According to BBC Persian, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, Iran’s Judiciary Chief, appointed Abbas Ja’fari Dolat Abadi, former Judiciary Chief in Khuzestan province, as the new Tehran’s prosecutor-general. Saeed Mortazavi, Tehran’s former prosecutor-general, is known for his harsh confrontation with the Reformist Media and activists in Iran including Etemad Melli (National Confidence) paper that was shut down about two weeks ago, after it published a story claiming that those arrested during Iran’s post election violence had suffered severe physical and mental damage from rapes in detention centers.

Ahmad Tavakkoli, a senior conservative Iranian lawmaker, said Mortazavi should be tried for “illegally” closing a Etemad Melli. “I urge you to reopen the Etemad Melli newspaper and to send the case of Tehran’s prosecutor-general to the judiciary court,” he said.

Update: Press TV is now reporting that Mortazavi has been appointed to the deputy state prosecutor position.

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Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
Chief Executive Officer
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, California 94043

Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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