November 28, 2007


Official cleared of spying despite intervention by Iran's president (Robert Tait, November 28, 2007, The Guardian)

Mousavian, who served as nuclear negotiator during the 1997-2005 reformist presidency of Mohammad Khatami, was detained for a week last spring before being freed on bail. The case became symbolic of a struggle for control over Iran's nuclear policy between Ahmadinejad, who refuses to suspend uranium enrichment, and pragmatists close to Rafsanjani who favour dealing with the west.

Ahmadinejad intervened directly in the case against Mousavian two weeks ago by publicly labelling him a "spy" while accusing critics of the government's nuclear policy of being "traitors" who were colluding with western governments. Ahmadinejad said Mousavian's supporters were pressuring the judge to clear him, but said he would not escape "justice".

Yesterday, Alireza Jamshidi, spokesman for the judiciary, appeared to condemn the comments. And the conservative newspaper Jomhouri Eslami, thought to have links to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week denounced the president's attacks as "immoral" and said the courts should consider prosecution.

...the absurdity of claiming it's a totalitarian state and the trouble the 12ers are in politically.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2007 5:03 PM

It's obviously not totalitarian, but it can't really be called a republic until the armed forces are under the control of the elected government.

Posted by: Brandon at November 28, 2007 5:55 PM

So totalitarian states can't have factions and internal power struggles?

Posted by: PapayaSF at November 29, 2007 3:00 PM

Not that the Party loses, by definition.

Posted by: oj at November 29, 2007 4:01 PM
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