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04/23/12

Cartoon: Judge Mortazavi and Justice

Former Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was found responsible for the torture and death of election protesters at the infamous detention center Kahrizak, according to the Parliamentary Committee report which investigated the post-election events.  Three detained protesters died at Kahrizak:  Amir Javadifar, Mohsen Ruholamin and Mohammed Kamrani.


Judge Mortazavi & Justice
cartoon by Touka Neyestan; source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran


While there has been promises to prosecute Mortazavi, so far this has not been materialized. Mortazavi was removed from the judiciary after the scandal about Kahrizak hit the media. However, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad immediately appointed him to head the task force against smuggling and, most recently, Mortazavi was appointed as the head of the Social Security Fund, which sparked the process to impeach the Minster of Labour.

Parliament has challenged Mortazavi's appointment on the grounds that such a position cannot be trusted in the hands of someone who has charges pending against him.

The signatories to the impeachment motion have announced that if Mortazavi is not removed from the Social Security Fund helm by Sunday, the session to impeach the Minister of Labour will proceed as planned.

Mortazavi was also the prime suspect in the death of Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian-Canadian photojournalist who died in Evin Prison in 2003 while being questioned about taking certain photos.

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