Monday, 25 February 2013

Iran Live Coverage: Ahmadinejad's Advisor Mortazavi Faces Trial

Saeed Mortazavi0555 GMT: All the President's Men. The Iranian Labor News Agency has published the full text of the complaint against Presidential advisor Saeed Mortazavi, confirming that he will finally face charges over his alleged role in the abuse and killing of post-election protesters in the Kahrizak detention centre in summer 2009.

Mortazavi, who was Tehran Prosecutor General at the time, is accused of three counts of accessory to murder. There were numerous allegations that detainees, seized for their challenge to the "victory" of Ahmadinejad on 12 June, were beaten and tortured. The case came to light, however, because of the death of Mohsen Ruholamini, the son of the campaign manager for Presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei. Two other men were also confirmed to have been killed by Kahrizak staff.

The centre was subsequently closed, and some lower-level personnel finally were convicted of offences in the three deaths. However, Mortazavi continued to escape prosecution. He was appointed as an advisor by Ahmadinejad in 2010. This year, he was named head of the Social Security Funds, and --- despite a court order that the appointment is illegal and Parliamentary opposition --- has remained in the post.

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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