Iran General NewsIran arrests officials for 'deviation': report

Iran arrests officials for ‘deviation’: report

-

AFP: Iran has made several arrests in connection with the “current of deviation”, a term used to refer to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff and entourage, ISNA news agency said Monday.

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran has made several arrests in connection with the “current of deviation”, a term used to refer to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff and entourage, ISNA news agency said Monday.

“Those arrested, in addition to economic and moral issues, have security problems,” said the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie, adding the charges were yet to be “proven”.

“Some staff at the Organisation of Tourism and Cultural Heritage and one person working at the national museum have been arrested,” he said, without identifying those apprehended.

Hamid Baghaie, vice president for executive affairs, is under judicial investigation for administrative irregularities during his tenure as head of the tourism board.

Several lower-ranking officials within government and the presidential entourage have been arrested on various grounds in recent weeks, while a political crisis has pitted Ahmadinejad against conservatives in the run-up to 2012 parliamentary elections.

More than a dozen figures close to Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, have been arrested on suspicion of corruption, financial irregularities and even “witchcraft”.

Mashaie is himself the target of regime hardliners, who see him as too liberal, too nationalist and of wielding too much influence over the president.

They accuse him of leading a “current of deviation” intended to undermine the Islamic principles of the regime.

Ahmadinejad’s ultra-conservative foes say the president is looking to gain control of parliament in March’s elections while grooming Mashaie for a run at the presidency in 2013, in which Ahmadinejad cannot stand.

Ahmadinejad in late June warned the authorities against making arrests of members in his government, whom he vowed to defend, saying any such attempts would be crossing a “red line”.

In response, Mohseni Ejeie said the judiciary recognised no such “red lines”, but said the recent arrests did not necessarily mean that government officials had necessarily been targeted.

Latest news

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the...

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Who Is Abolqasem Salavati Iran Regime’s Killer Judge?

Last week, it was announced that the case of several people who were arrested during the Iranian People's uprising...

Iran Revolution Characteristics

More than two months have passed since the start of the latest round of protests in Iran against the...

Must read

Iran presidential hopeful defends atomic drive

AFP - Ali Akbar Velayati, 67, foreign minister...

Rice holds line on Iran nuclear program

AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held the hard...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you