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10/13/09

Reformist lawmakers meet Majlis speaker

TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (Mehr News Agency) - On Monday, lawmakers from the minority faction held a meeting with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani to discuss the post-election situation in the country.


The Notorious Kahrizak Detention Center

Larijani who himself is a member of the majority principlist bloc emphasized that the Majlis should play an active role in the national affairs, MP Ali Akbar Olia told the Mehr News Agency.

Olia added that Larijani emphasized that the political figures should try to alleviate the current tension in the society.

"Larijani believed that (we) should not permit the country's political atmosphere to become tense," the MP noted.

The MP also stated that Larijani has emphasized that all disputes should be settled in a calm way.

MP Dariyoush Qanbari, the spokesman for the minority faction, stated that the reformist lawmakers discussed 20 issues with the Majlis speaker, the ILNA news agency reported.

The reformist lawmaker said the post-election detentions, the condition in which detainees are held, and the incidents at the Kahrizak detention center were among the most important issues discussed with Larijani who is also the leader of the Majlis principlist faction.


A view of outside of Kahrizak Detention Center

The minority faction members also protested to the closure of reformist newspapers and the closing the National Confidence Party office, the MP said.

Qanbari also pointed out that the reformist MPs strongly protested the filtering of the faction's official website.

Reformist MP calls conservative faction uncooperative

TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- MP Mohammad-Reza Tabesh of the Majlis minority faction has criticized the parliament's conservative majority faction for not cooperating with reformist MPs in the investigations into certain post-election incidents.

He said Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani had told him earlier that he would make an effort to pave the way for the release of some of the prisoners arrested during the post-election unrest.

Tabesh stated that he would inform Larijani about the reformist MPs' expectations and grievances.

The majority faction should have acted in a more appropriate manner and should have addressed the people's concerns, he added.

Tabesh asked why the wrongdoers of the Kahrizak detention center have not been prosecuted yet.

A number of people who held government posts in the past, and some of them have good records, have been interrogated and are still in prison, but the court has still not made rulings in their cases, he added.

Tabesh also said Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani has been in office for some time and should now assume responsibility for the current situation.

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