Top Revolutionary Guard
Yadollah Javani Wants Moussavi and Khatami Tried
By Edward Yeranian
10 August 2009
The political chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard force says
opposition political leaders should be put on trial for inciting
violence during weeks of unrest after Iran's disputed June 12
protest 15 June 2009
Iran's smoldering political rift is intensifying, after a key figure in
Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard demanded Iran's top opposition
leaders be put on trial for inciting unrest, following the country's
disputed June 12 presidential election.
Iran's official news agency (IRNA) reports that Yadollah Javani, the
head of the Guard's political bureau, wants opposition leader Mirhossein
Moussavi, former President Mohammed Khatami, and defeated presidential
candidate Mehdi Karroubi to be tried for inciting violence.
Javani accuses the three of trying to engineer what he calls a "velvet
revolution," and says with all the "documentation and irrefutable
evidence over the failed coup," that it makes sense that these "key
instigators be arrested, tried and punished."
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused "enemies of
Iran" of trying to instigate a "velvet revolution," but has always
stopped short of accusing top opposition leaders of involvement in such
Hundreds of opposition leaders, journalists, professors, and other
protesters were jailed during weeks of unrest and dozens have been put
on trial during two sessions of a revolutionary court in the past 10
Iran's Press TV showed one defendant from Saturday's trial, Mohammed
Reza Zamani, whom it calls a monarchist, reading his alleged confession
for provoking violence:
He says that his group plotted to carry out bombings and other violence
leading to the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. He also claims he had
contacts with an alleged U.S. intelligence operative in Iraq, whom he
says gave him a mobile phone.
the official Iranian News Network, IRINN, says the head of the recently
closed Kahrizak detention center has been jailed due to widespread abuse
of detainees and at least three deaths.
In an apparent effort to allay public anger over prisoner abuse, Iranian
police chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam announced the official's arrest:
He says that the director of the Kahrizak detention facility has been
fired and sent to jail. He notes that three other policemen at the
facility who beat prisoners have also been jailed.
Ahmadi-Moghaddam also admitted some of those arrested during recent
unrest were tortured at the Kahrizak jail, which Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Khamenei ordered to be shut down for sub-standard treatment of
Top opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and former president Mohammed
Khatami have repeatedly demanded the immediate release of all detainees,
insisting that their confessions were made under duress and therefore