Nearly 200 political activists and protestors were put on trial on charges of conspiring with foreign powers to stage a “velvet coup d’etat” using terrorism, subversion and a mass campaign to undermine the disputed vote.
The opposition and their supporters have condemned the trials as a “sham”, arguing that the detainees’ confessions lack credibility as they may have been forced.
Many insiders have criticized the government for its handling of the controversy over the election, saying the release of post-vote detainees is the way forward to settling the ongoing dispute.
Among them is influential cleric Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who in a Friday prayer sermon said, “It is not necessary that in this situation people be jailed. Let them join their families.”
The IRGC official on Monday questioned the motive behind making such comments by a Friday prayer leader.
“The question is if they had been released how Mr. [Mohammad-Ali] Abatahi would have confessed that the term ‘fraud’ was the code word for rioting … and [how] Atrianfar [would have] said that ‘we sought to change the system’,” Brig. Gen. Javani said.
The fourth hearing of the post-vote trials is scheduled for August 25.