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Iran: Rafsanjani urges support for families of victims

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Hashemi Rafsanjani

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council urged the authorities to comfort the families of the post-election victims, according to ILNA. He maintained that supporting these families will spread "empathy and cooperation" all across society.

Islamic Republic authorities have confirmed that in the post election unrest, at least forty people were killed and hundreds were injured. The judiciary claims that they have extended full support to these families.

On July 16 in Tehran's Friday Mass Prayers, Ayatollah Rafsanjani called for the release of all prisoners, an open atmosphere to express opposing opinions and support for post-election victims. These statements drew the ire of hardliners and since then the moderate cleric has become the target of harsh criticism by conservative factions.

Parvin Fahimi, mother of Sohrab Aarabi, at her first haftsin without her son. Sohrab (center photo) was one of the victims of the post-election protests killed by the security forces.

Iran's Supreme Leader has implicitly, that is without directly naming him, has repeatedly attacked his alignment with the opposition.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani stressed that the families of post-election victims are concerned for their country and efforts should be made to support them in their healing.

These comments come a day after Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's grandson, Hassan Lahoti was arrested after returning to Iran from abroad.

Rafsanjani grandson arrested after return to Iran

Hassan Lahoti, the grandson of Iran's Chairman of the Expediency Council and son of Faezeh Hashemi was arrested by Iranian authorities last night after he returned to Iran. Reformist website Jaras reports that the arrest was confirmed by the Hashemi Rafsanjani family.

Hassan Lahoti is currently studying in Britain and the warrant for his arrest was issued by the judiciary.

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