Iran's regime reaches out to opposition
12-Jan-2010 (2 comments)

Moderate supporters of Iran's regime are reaching towards a compromise with the opposition by sacrificing the hardline fundamentalist who served as Teh-ran's prosecutor-general.

A parliamentary committee has publicly blamed Saeed Mortazavi, an ally of Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, the president, for the deaths of a least three prisoners in a detention centre.

The committee found that Mr Mortazavi had authorised the imprisonment of 147 opposition supporters and 30 criminals in a cell measuring only 70 sq m in Kahrizak detention centre. The inmates were frequently beaten and spent days without food or water in the summer.

The investigation ruled out opposition allegations of rape but confirmed that at least three prisoners were killed in Kahrizak, south-eastern Tehran, which was set up in 2001 to imprison thugs considered too dangerous to hold in normal jails.

The detentions happened after the opposition disputed June election results that gave a landslide victory to Mr Ahmadi-Nejad. Unrest against the Islamic regime has simmered since, prompting a crackdown that led to tens of deaths and thousands of detentions. The arrest of journalists, students and politicians continues.

Analysts believe that blaming Mr Mortazavi, who has been the public face of the regime's repression for more than a decade, is a sign that senior figures are exploring possible reconciliation with the opposition Green Movement.

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Maryam Hojjat: I have been saying this all along

by mannya2001 on

Yes, they do indeed want IRI and VF, but a different VF instead of KHamenie and with a more supervisory role rather than direct micro- mangament role.

I know because I am in touch with folks on the street.

Are they scared? Yes, because they can't say it out loud, but they want KHamenie gone.  They depend on protesters to send that message to the government and foreigners


Maryam Hojjat

All want VF with IRI

by Maryam Hojjat on

Mousavi, Katami, karoubi all either trying to keep VF & IRI or they are scared to mention secular democracy!  I think the former is more true from these Islamists.

Payandeh IRAN & True Iranians