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Shariatmadari-Karroubi feud outrages Iran officials

Source: Press TV

Kayhan Manager Hossein Shariatmadari

The Bitter Feud

Reformist Candidate Mehdi Karroubi


The bitter exchange of diatribes between columnist Hossein Shariatmadari and presidential hopeful Mehdi Karroubi has caused outrage in Iran's political circles. The dispute first arose when two-time parliament speaker and reformist candidate Karroubi along with several legal and religious experts, endorsed a statement against issuing the death sentence for anyone under 18 years of age.

In response, Shariatmadari who is the manager of the influential Keyhan daily wrote an article in his paper in critique of Karroubi, accusing him of giving 'Zionist-led media' an excuse to stage a 'new round of attacks against the Islamic Republic'.

Karroubi wrote an open letter to Shariatmadari, in which he claimed the Keyhan columnist had used his position to 'spread lies' and discredit figures, such as former prime minister Mehdi Bazargan.

The reformist cleric went on to question whether Shariatmadari's academic credentials gave him the right to comment on legal issues pertaining to the handing out of the death-sentence.

Shariatmadari responded by writing yet another letter in which he labeled Karroubi's remarks as 'offensive accusations'.

The Karroubi-Shariatmadari bitter exchange of diatribes drew criticism from influential Iranian figures, who have openly voiced their disapproval of Shariatmadari's attacks on the veteran Reformist cleric.

"Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani has expressed his disapproval of the remarks made by Shariatmadari," a JahanNews report said on Sunday.

The report adds that Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani believes the Keyhan columnist has undermined the 'status of the clergy' and the 'services that the country's leading officials have rendered' since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Etemad-e-Melli paper which is affiliated with Karroubi in its account of the story includes comments made by head of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani who has slammed "certain parties" for using state funds for their "ugly" and "ill-intentioned" pre-election objectives.

The daily also adds Principlist presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei's remarks in which he says he will not allow the use of "websites and newspapers" for smear campaigns should he be elected president.

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