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04/15/12

Iran: Majlis impeachment motion prompts Mortazavi resignation

Source: Press TV

Head of Iran's Social Security Organization Saeed Mortazavi has resigned after Majlis signed an impeachment motion against the Minister of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare.


Former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi has been found responsible for the torture and death of election protesters at the infamous detention centre Kahrizak, according to the Parliamentary Committee report which investigated the post-election events.

Twenty lawmakers signed the motion to impeach Minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami after he appointed former Tehran Prosecutor Mortazavi as the head of the Social Security Organization.

The lawmakers withdrew their motion following Mortazavi's resignation.

Mortazavi has been accused of involvement in the deaths of three detainees in Kahrizak Detention Center during the unrest following the 2009 election.


The Crimes of Kahrizak
Detained protesters who died at the Kahrizak detention center:
Amir Javadifar (left), Mohsen Ruholamin (center) and Mohammed Kamrani

Under the Iranian Constitution, the members of the Majlis can impeach an individual minister in instances they deem necessary.

An impeachment motion can be submitted to the Majlis presiding board if it bears the signatures of at least 10 lawmakers.

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