Publish date: November 10
Iranian reformists, despite relentless government persecution, continue their resistance against the Ahmadinejad administration by criticizing the government in public statements and interviews.
In an interview with Jaras website, Abolfazl Ghadiani, senior member of the banned reformist party, Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution, condemned Ahmadinejad’s “irrational policies” for leading Iran into a series of deep crises.
Ghadiani said: “I said in my trial that the elections were rigged and after the elections, they carried out a coup.”
The 2009 presidential election which brought Ahmadinejad back to another term at the presidency has been contested by reformists and millions of protesters with allegations of fraud.
The government has responded to the protests with extreme violence on the streets subduing street protests with force and continued arrest of dissidents.
The government retaliation against election protesters has been often referred to as a government engineered coup.
Abolfazl Ghadiani was arrested charged with “propaganda against the regime and insulting the president.” He is sentenced to a year in prison and a monetary fine. Ghadiani stressed that his trial was by no means impartial and was in effect in defence of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The opposition has frequently maintained in the past year and a half that the judiciary has lost its independence and is heavily under the influence of security and intelligence forces.
Ghadiani also contested the banning of the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution organization saying: “I stressed in court that this order is illegal. We were not summoned to court; they did not talk to our lawyer and we were not issued a court order. Therefore, we cannot consider the dissolution of the organization to be a legal order.”
Ghadiani concluded that the only “faithful execution of the constitution, release of all political prisoners, assuring freedom of speech and assembly, as well as compensating post-election victims can lead Iran out of this crisis.”