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Moderate Iranian cleric criticizes Supreme Leader for lack of support


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Hashemi: It was expected that the supreme leader show reaction - Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the head of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts, in an interview responded to questions about the letter he wrote before the tenth presidential election in which he warned the supreme leader about the fraud in elections and also complained about the false accusations Ahmadinejad freely and without any concern for the consequences made against him on national TV during the presidential debates.

In this interview Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani said that in that very debate between Ahmadeinajd and Mousavi, given the baseless attacks of Ahmadinejad, the confrontation with clerics started. In answer to another question, Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani said that he is is at an age that he would rather retire from politics and enjoy the rest of his life, even travel the world, but he is concerned that due to the current situation of the country that might have bad political consequences for the country. (read Persian text)

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of Iran's Expediency Council says he expected the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei to speak out against the "accusations" made against "certain officials of the regime."

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani said in an interview that Mahmoud Ahmadienjad's statements in his presidential debate with Mir Hossein Mousavi were "highly inappropriate."

On June 3, 2009, over a week before the election date, in his debate with Mir Hossein Mousavi, his opponent in the presidential campaign, accused the family of Hashemi Rafsanjani of financial corruption.

Three days before the elections, Hashemi Rafsanjani sent an open letter to Ayatollah Khamenei calling for his "intervention" in the accusations made against him.

He claims the Supreme Leader has no criticism against the content of the letter but maintains that the timing of the letter was inappropriate.

Hashemi Rafsanjani claims that he could not have left the letter for after the elections. He states: "In case of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's loss, it would be inappropriate to create conflicts with him; and in case of his victory, it would be an affront to his victory celebrations."

Hashemi Rafsanjani has criticized Ahmadienjad's policies in the past year on several occasions. In the opposite camp, Ahmadinejad supporters claim Rafsanjani is the "root of all problems."

The Rafsanjani family has also announced that they have filed libel lawsuits against Ahmadinejad with the judiciary.

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