Ebrahim Yazdi Arrested at Hospital
CNN / Ashley Broughton
17-Jun-2009 (6 comments)

Ebrahim Yazdi was arrested by Basijis at a hospital where he was admitted for issues related to his prostate cancer.  The Basijis had first gone to his home looking for him, and when they could not find him there, they went to the hospital and arrested him there. 

Anonymous Observer

No Mercy Even for the Sick and the Terminally Ill

by Anonymous Observer on

One intresting thing in this piece is a quote attributed to Yazdi by his granddaughter: that "another revolution in Iran is imminent."

Let's hope that he and all other political prisoners can see and taste freedom soon. 


Kaveh Nouraee

As much as I loathe

by Kaveh Nouraee on

Yazdi, arresting him and removing him from his sickbed shows how pathetic this regime is.

And of course arresting Khatami , who wasn't even a candidate, as well as Rezai and Karroubi, whose votes were probably mostly from relatives.


I am with Faryar

by IRANdokht on

Sometimes people see the consequences of their own actions. I used to loath the trio (ghotbzadeh, banisadr, yazdi) back then and to see Yazdi make a name for himself as "opposition" was painful to watch.

All that said, I think anyone should show compassion for the sick. There was nothing to gain by dragging him out of the hospital, it wasn't like he could be dangerous from there. I believe this is just a sign that the government is panicking.


Anonymous Observer

Frayam Jaan

by Anonymous Observer on

You're quite right about Yazdi.  I actually wasn't clear enough in my comment.  I am not a fan of him.  My comment was designed (inartfully I guess) to show that this regime does not even make an exception for a terminally ill person when it comes to its paranoia about the opposition. 

There is also another angle that this could be viewed through.  While Yazdi may not be the poster child of freedom and civility, whether we like it or not, he is one of the few remianing opposition figures with some credibility inside Iran.  The IRI has done a very effective job of reducing all opposition outside of the country to caricatures of themselves.  For the Iranian masses, the nly opposition figures with credibility are the ones left inside Iran, and Yazdi is one of them.  So, at this point, if we have to support a dubious character like him to bring about change in Iran, unfortunately, that's what we will have to do. 



by Anonymous Irani (not verified) on

Yazdi has been mentally sick for decades, he is a criminal psychopath who brought the IRI disaster upon us. May justice catch up with him and do to him what he did to others, and may he burn in hell in the arms of his beloved Khomeini and bast*** Khalkhali.


Poetic Justice ?

by faryarm on

According to Wikipedia, "Poetic justice is a literary device in which virtue is ultimately rewarded or vice punished, often in modern literature by an ironic twist of fate intimately related to the character's own conduct."One hopes that Dr Yazdi will not be subject to the same standard of Justice, as the one he participated in the following Interrogation in 1979.