Iran judiciary warns opposition leaders
Iran's head of judiciary Sadegh Larijani implicitly warned MirHosein Mousavi and
Mehdi Karroubi that the system will not tolerate their "illegal activities."
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
In a meeting with senior judiciary officials, the new head of judiciary said
that following the elections, some people tried to reach their objectives by
illegally drawing people into street protests.
Mousavi and Karroubi are the two main presidential candidates who disputed
Ahmadinejad's victory in June, alleging fraud in the vote count. They have
gradually become the leading figures of a nationwide protest against a
conservative takeover of the government. People's mass demonstrations in protest
of the outcome of the elections were met with the violent reaction of the
government forces and resulted in the death and arrest of many protesters.
While several senior aides of the two opposition leaders have been arrested and
despite constant threats of arrest from hardliners, so far Mousavi and Karroubi
have not been arrested.
Even Ayatollah Larijani's warning today remains implicit as he stirs away from
naming names. He simply announced that those who have "spread lies and made
false claims" against the Islamic Republic will have to answer to the judiciary
irrespective of their position.
This week, Mehdi Karroubi was directly accused of making false claims by a
judiciary panel investigating Karroubi's allegations of rape and torture of the
recent detainees. Karroubi concludes that the panel is trying to whitewash the
The Islamic Republic is enveloped in a crisis and its integrity is assailed as
prominent figures of the Islamic Revolution and the system itself have chipped
away from it to defiantly oppose its current policies.
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