Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
MP Mohammad Dehqan says former Tehran prosecutor general Saeed Mortazavi does not "deserve" to hold an important post.
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The appointment of Mortazavi as the new director of the Social Security Organization has drawn criticism from some parliamentarians who hold him partly responsible for the Kahrizak incident.
A parliamentary report issued on January 10, 2010 blamed Mortazavi for sending 147 inmates, charged with involvement in the political unrest that occurred after the Iranian presidential election of June 2009, to the substandard Kahrizak detention center on July 9, 2009.
According to the report of the parliamentary investigation into the Kahrizak incidents, despite the fact that officials of Tehran's Evin prison had announced that the facility had enough space for the detainees, Mortazavi insisted on sending the 147 detainees to the Kahrizak detention center, which is located south of Tehran.
Three of the detainees died while in the prison.
Prisoners who died under torture at the Kahrizak detention center:
Amir Javadifar (left), Mohsen Ruholamin (center) and Mohammed Kamrani
The appointment of Mortazavi has prompted some MPs to push for the impeachment of Minister of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Abdolreza Sheikholeslami.
"This person does not deserve to hold any post and should not be in key and important positions," Dehqan, a member of the Majlis Presiding Board, told the Mehr News Agency on Monday.
Dehqan said that the government is seeking to create a situation to evade responsibility for high volatility in the foreign currency and gold markets and divert attention from the 2.6 billion dollar financial fraud case through such measures.
Dehqan also commented on reports saying that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a message to the Majlis threatening that if MPs impeach Sheikholeslami, he will appoint Mortazavi as the acting minister.
The MP stated that taking "illegal" measures is not something unexpected from the government, but such threats will not prevent MPS from carrying out their "legal duties".
He also said that the administration's decision to start implementing the second phase of the subsidy reform plan will trigger further inflation.
The Majlis has approved a law obliging the government not to start the next phase of the subsidy plan.
"This is a new violation of the law which will push up inflation," he explained.
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