Karoubi's Letter to the Head of Iran's Judiciary
Mir Hossein Mousavi,
With special thanks to
KHORDAAD88 for translation.
"Some wrongly think that Mehdi Karoubi, son of Ahmad, would give up because of
these threats and arrests."
To Mr. Larijani,
As you know, after the controversial presidential election and its painful,
alarming aftermath, I wrote many letters to the officials to share with them
certain points, critiques and objections and to give the necessary warnings. The
last of these letters was addressed to you. You have just recently accepted
responsibility [of the judiciary] and are chief justice. And now I will share
with you the details of my meetings with your representatives and some of the
marginal events that took place which led to my personal office and party being
sealed. I do this as a religious and patriotic obligation. So that future
generations do not say that Karoubi was frightened off by pressure and arrests.
Even if you do not know, others do know that in the my past, pressure and
threats and limitations not only did not deter me, but made me even more
determined in the path I had chosen to follow.
The honorable head of the judiciary,
I don't know how updated you may be of our sessions with the committee you had
appointed [from the judiciary]. To inform you and the people, I must tell you
that we had two meetings with the honorable Mr. Khalfi, Mohseni Ejeie, and
Raeesee, and these meetings went well and a glimpse of the evidence [we had]
from the regrettable, unforgivable incidents that had occurred were presented.
In the first meeting, information about three people was given, along with a CD
and the necessary documents which were all evidence of torture and rape that had
been inflicted on boys and girls in identified and unidentified detention
centers. In addition to these three documents, we personally hinted at what had
happened to two girls, Taraneh Mousavi (the real one) and Saeedeh Pouraghayi.
The second meeting was this Monday and lasted for three hours and in this
meeting too, in addition to our many debates, I put forth one of my other
documents on one condition: that nothing would happen to this individual or the
family just because of [our] demand for justice.
[We did not want anything to happen to the family] - things that did happen to
another individual who I had introduced in another document, during the time of
the previous prosecutor of Tehran [Mortazavi] and that family was forced to
endure pressure and pain. Thus, this time I gave my evidence and I warned that
the neglect of the previous prosecutor must not be repeated, we must not have
wrongdoers enter this scenario, people who are not after justice, but would
rather threaten and dishonor the person [evidence] that I had put forth. People
who will sell off the honor of the judicial system, and that too in an Islamic
society, for the price of keeping the culprits safe.
I should also add that in these meetings that took place to look into the
allegations of torture and improper behavior in prisons and the events after the
election, they repeatedly asked me: do you think it is beneficial to go on
collecting information about rape and torture and the killing of people, is it
not possible that these documents will get in the hands of the wrong person? And
I replied that I keep these documents in a safe place, and if we reach a
conclusion I will destroy them. And I reaffirmed that documents which reveal
rape and torture are nothing to be proud of for me to want to keep , or to put
on a wall. These are documents that will help us achieve justice and get back
the rights of the oppressed and once that is achieved, they will be destroyed
and the vile smell and hideous face of evil will be destroyed with them.
[I also said] know this, that if in my investigations I conclude that any of
these allegations are false, I will step forward and right this wrong. In this
regard, my further investigations had proven the falsity of some of the previous
statements I had made about Saeedeh Pouraghayi, which I corrected.
In any case, these two meetings were over, and in the end, I pointed to another
new painful case I had just heard and I added that I am in the process of
following up this new case and I will present my documents once I am done. I was
also asked to look further into the hidden aspects of the Taraneh Mousavi case,
and to help the judiciary shed more light on this issue. At the end of the
second meeting I gave a suggestion- which was met with the approval of the
committee - that we should put an end to this process of taking and bringing
documents and that you [the judiciary] can now start investigating the truth
with the documents that have already been presented. Because those documents
were enough to reveal the truth and to identify the guilty parties.
I gave this suggestion and left, and our meeting with the committee came to a
good end. But the day after, the tides turned. On the orders of Tehran's
prosecutor, a group attacked my office. They searched the office and in doing
so, they did not limit themselves to the office documents, but searched and
confiscated my personal letters and writings, my bills and private papers. In
the end, they sealed my office, and even confiscated the charity supplies I
gather there every year. They arrested Mr. Davari, the editor of the Etemad
Melli website. They had not finished shutting down my office when they did the
same to the office of the Etemad Melli party, of which I am the executive. They
unlawfully confiscated the documents of a party that is registered under the
laws of the Islamic Republic and finally sealed the office of the party as well.
These actions did not suffice and they arrested Dr. Alireza Beheshti, the son of
the late Ayatollah Beheshti and Mr. Morteza Alviri, that devoted revolutionary
who was once a member of parliament and the mayor of Tehran, and the ambassador
of the Islamic Republic in Europen countries.
The Office of the Publication of Ayatollah Beheshti's Books, one of the founders
of the Islamic Republic, was also sealed. I am left wondering: did these events
occur on Tuesday as a result of my meeting on Monday? I am left baffled not by
what they have done to Karoubi, but that they think that Karoubi, the son of
Ahmad, is going to leave the field and choose to remain silent? Now I know why
some friends and advisers insisted that I give all the evidence for rape and
torture as it had been retold to me by the victims, on a CD and to keep a copy
in a safe place. Because the machine of terror is still at work and who knows,
some of the witnesses may now take back their claims out of fear.
Because the Islamic Republic has reached a place where the house of Mehdi
Karoubi too is no longer a safe place. Because any horrible, indecent act is
possible in the Islamic Republic and nothing is far from the imagination.
I still insist on the original letter I wrote to the head of the expediency
council, and after the terror of recent events, I am more determined than ever.
When I see that the head of a military organization - the documents are all
available - writes a letter to the ministry of health and orders it forbidden to
give copies of medical records to those who have been inured in recent events,
and prevents the hospitals from giving the victims their records, I am more
determined to find out what reasons exist for such threats and fear? According
to the oath doctors take, they are obliged to treat anyone who comes to them,
even if the injured is a long, lost enemy of their father. And you, as the chief
justice, should judge this: how can a doctor feel safe about attending to his
medical obligations when such a letter is written by such a high ranking
If an innocent victim dies in such circumstance, how can you hear the pleas of
his/her family as chief justice [under such conditions]? If someone has been
raped, how can they obtain the necessary documents from medical experts and give
them to you in such an atmospheres of terror? Before, we argued why military
personnell were entering the spheres of politics and economics. We now see that
politics and economics were not enough to satisfy their hunger, and they have
now entered the field of medicine as well.
I assume that you claim to represent justice and I am certain that you are well
aware of your responsibility to defend the victim and to punish the oppressor.
Thus, in response to your religious and legal obligations, and for the sake of
the public, I ask of you to demand that the documents that have been released be
investigated. And in this path, I ask that you prevent this atmosphere of
terror. And that you do not allow armed and paramilitary forces to contemplate
an intervention into law, as they have done politics and medicine. [That you
stop] them from conquering another mountain after they did the presidential
election and creating an even worse situation. I also recommend that in this
environment where thanks to the ex-prosecutor, the free press has been silenced,
you do not allow some to take paper to pen claiming to do so for Islam, when in
reality, they are doing it against Islam. And [for them] to enter an even more
safe haven where they can spread their vulgarity and to blast any hopes for
justice. And to terrorize and ridicule revolutionaries. Do not let counterfeit
documents take reign, to a point where national TV can broadcast another sham
scenario like that of Taraneh Mousavi, and create new ambiguity and chaos, to
throw such deep stones in the well that even one hundred fair minded people can
not attempt to bring them out.
You formed a committee to investigate the regretful events and the wrongdoing
that occurred after the election and Mr. Khalafi, who was your representative,
claimed on your part that you have said that these claims must all be thoroughly
investigated. But my question is this: after such terror, fear and threats, is
it even possible to attend to the terror and atrocity that occurred after the
election? You are left to answer this question but know that Mehdi Karoubi still
insists on reclaiming the rights of the oppressed. Such old, overused tactics
may work to silence some, but they will not work on Mehdi Karoubi and he will
forcefully take a stand, and he will not allow a group of nouveau riche to sell
off a country and the legacy of an Imam which was attained after a democratic
revolution and the blood of many martyrs.
With hopes of your success in the judiciary,
10 September 2009
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