MP speaks of Ahmadinejad’s removal

7 Jul 2010

Iranian conservative MP Ahmad Tavakoli sharply criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for inciting violations of the laws passed by the Majlis (parliament). Tavakoli condemned the Iranian president for refusing to execute certain laws passed by the parliament and the Guardian Council based on his own judgement.
Tavakoli is reported to have complained about the post-election abuses in Kahrizak Prison, the attacks on student dormitories, and the corruption cases against high-ranking government officials with corruption case (a clear reference to 1st Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi). Tavakoli also listed Ahmadinejad’s illegal actions. Moreover, it is reported that Tavakoli said that, to impeach the President, a 2/3 majority of the parliament is needed. Thirteen months into the post-election crisis, this is the first time anyone in authority has dared speak of Ahmadinejad’s removal.

In addition to his declarations in parliament, Tavakoli published further criticism of Ahmadinejad on his website, Alef. Alef website wrote last week that Saeed Mortazavi, a main suspect in the case of mistreatment of detainees at Kahrizak Detention Centre, was not among the individuals prosecuted in the case, insinuating that his connections with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has saved him from facing the law. Mortazavi, who was the prosecutor of Tehran during the controversial presidential elections of 2009, was removed from his position after the news of torture and abuse of prisoners at Kahrizak leaked into the open but was soon after appointed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to lead the Anti-Smuggling Headquarters.

Tavakoli’s call for the prosecution of Mortazavi comes at a time when two of the accused in the case were sentenced to execution and others were given imprisonment, fine and lashes for their participation in crimes committed at Kahrizak. Tavakoli maintained that “legal discrimination” in this case has cost the Islamic Republic’s its legitimacy.

Tavakoli also reminded that the parliament has the authority to impeach the president if his competence comes under question. While the parliament has the authority to impeach the president according to the constitution, its final vote also has to be approved by the Supreme Leader.

sources: Radio Zamaneh, Enduring America

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