February 5, 2013

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Saeed Mortazavi a current senior Islamic Regime Official and the former general prosecutor who was linked to the death of the Iranian Canadian Journalist Zahra Kazemi has been arrested and reportedly transferred to the Evin Prison. The reason for his arrest is not clear however there are some reports that his arrest may be linked to his involvement in the Kehrizak Camps (a brutal detention system where thousands of pro-democracy activists were tortured, raped, electrocuted and killed under severe torture).

Sayeh Hassan an Iranian Canadian lawyer, blogger and pro-democracy activists stated: While some Iranian activists both inside and outside of Iran are happy with this new development, it is crucial to keep in mind that the arrest of Saeed Mortazavi is a result of a power struggle within various fractions of the Islamic Regime, rather than the result of any attempt by the Regime to reform itself in any way or to adhere to the rights of the Iranian people.

Sayeh Hassan further stated: It is no secret that as of late there has been a great power struggle between the president Ahmadinejad and his ally Saeed Mortazavi and the Parliamentarians who oppose him. With the June Presidential Elections fast approaching, it is not surprising that a power struggle has begin between Ahmadinejad and his rivals. It is important to recognize this for what it is, a power struggle between dictators that has nothing to do with the rights or interests of the people of Iran.

Sayeh Hassan concluded: While Mortazavi may be in the “Evin Prison” which certainly won’t be given the same treatment given to political prisoners who are taken to Evin or any other notorious prison in Iran. Even though Mortazavi may have been temporarily prevented from committing atrocities against the Iranian people his counterparts including Ahmadinejad himself and every other senior official within the Islamic Regime is still free to continue to carry out their dictatorship. Until the Islamic Regime is overthrown and all of his senior officials are prosecuted in courts of law for their crimes against the Islamic people, we should be very skeptical and hold off the celebrations about these singular and strategic arrests in Iran.

Media Contact: Sayeh Hassan, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Blogger and Pro-Democracy Activist




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