Iran General NewsIranian leader says questioning election a crime: TV

Iranian leader says questioning election a crime: TV

-

ImageReuters: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday it was a crime to cast doubt on the June election, which the opposition says was rigged in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state television reported. ImageTEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday it was a crime to cast doubt on the June election, which the opposition says was rigged in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state television reported.

Khamenei endorsed Ahmadinejad's victory in the June 12 election, which was followed by opposition protests and plunged Iran into its deepest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Khamenei said the election was held and there was a big voter turnout but that some people had "unfairly" ignored this.

"The leader … termed questioning the basis of the election the biggest crime," state television said in a report from Khamenei's meeting with leading scientists in Tehran.

It quoted him as saying: "The day after the election, some people called the glorious election a lie. Is this a minor crime?"

The authorities have portrayed the post-election street demonstrations, which were quelled by the elite Revolutionary Guards and an allied Islamic militia, as a foreign-backed bid to undermine the Islamic Republic.

"Of course some people inside (Iran) may not be aware that they are moving in line with the enemies' threats, but this issue will not change the truth," said Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state.

Thousands of people were arrested after the presidential election, which the authorities have described as the "healthiest" vote Iran has held in the last three decades.

Most of the detainees have since been released, but more than 100 senior reformers, activists, journalists and others, have been put on trial accused of fomenting unrest.

(Reporting by Reza Derakhshi and Hossein Jaseb; writing by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Janet Lawrence)

Latest news

Iran’s Unsolvable Air Pollution Problem

Air pollution will remain at dangerous levels and will increase for the next few days in most big cities,...

The World Must Acknowledge the Iranian People’s Right to Self-defense

Victor Hugo once said: “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” Throughout history, this has been the...

Iran: 60% Of Population Is Poor

The livelihood baskets of the Iranian people are shrinking dramatically. This, in turn, has introduced new concerns to protect...

The implications of EU’s terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The European Parliament called on January 18 for the European Union to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a...

Iran’s Regime Is Hiding Human Rights Violations In Its Prisons

With more than four months into Iran’s latest round of nationwide uprisings, the brutality of the Iranian regime’s security...

How Internet Censorship Is Damaging Iran’s Economy

While in the last four months, internet access in Iran has been cut off or severely limited, the regime’s...

Must read

Sanctions relief for Iran extended

UPI: The U.S. Treasury Department said sanctions relief on...

Iran Nobel Winner Complains About Threats, Summons

Reuters: Iran's 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you