Ahmadinejad's Right-Hand Man Rahim-Mashai v. the Protestors (Video)
Enduring America / Scott Lucas

In the midst of its report on the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad road show in
New York, Voice of America Persian captured an extraordinary moment.

At the 2:41 mark in the video, Iranian activists catch up with the President's Chief of Staff and close ally, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashai near the United Nations and challenge him over human rights in Iran. Planet Iran summarises the conversation:

The lady in the black shirt says: “Inside Iran all of our most esteemed journalists are being tortured….”

Rahim-Mashai brazenly responds: “VOA…what does it mean?”

The voiceover: “The Voice of America’s reporters however were attacked by him" as Rahim-Mashai covers the VOA camera lens.

The woman in the lavender colored shirt asks: “What do you have to
say for yourself about the case of Sakineh Mohmmadi-Ashtiani [the woman
initially sentenced to death by stoning for adultery; the execution has
been suspended as the case is completed]? Mr. Ahmadinejad claims that
the sentencing was not even passed on her case.”

Rahim-Mashai snickers and lies: “It was not at all passed!”

Woman in lavender shirt: “The judiciary passed the sentence! So why
is the judiciary saying that, for now, the sentence is voided.”

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