Former Iranian President Rafsanjani's son and daughter arrested
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Former Iranian President Rafsanjani's son and daughter arrested

Tehrān : Iran | Sep 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM PDT
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Mahdi Hashemi son of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani arrested on arrival in Iran after 36 month

Iran's official news agency says authorities have detained Mehdi Rafsanjani, son of Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, upon his return to Iran from Britain, accused of inciting post-election unrest in 2009.

According to Fars News Agency, Rafsanjani's son will face multiple economic and criminal charges, including supporting Iranian opposition and instigating unrest after the 2009 presidential elections, in particular, financing the election campaign of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's main opponent, Mir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh, with state budget funds.

The Iranian Students' News Agency reported that Mehdi had presented himself at court to hear the charges and face questioning, but his lawyer was not allowed to attend. The agency added that the revolutionary court might accuse Mehdi of treason.

On Saturday night, IRNA news said that Iranian judicial authorities took Faezeh Rafsanjani into custody to serve a six-month sentence on charges of making propaganda against the ruling regime.

"Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court had sentenced the former president‚ daughter to six months in Evin prison in Tehran on charges of spreading propaganda against the Islamic republic as well as the regime of the president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad," Fars news agency reported .

However, Faezeh was among the thousands of protesters arrested during the protests that erupted after the announcement of June,12, 2009 elections. These elections resulted to bring Ahmadinejad back to power. She said in an interview that the elections were rigged and the current government will not last four years.

It is worth mentioning that, since the disputed re-election of Ahmadinejad, in which Rafsanjani himself supported Ahmadinejad‚ reformist challenger, Mir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh, Rafsanjani's family has come under pressure from hardliners.

Furthermore, Rafsanjani has previously criticized the oppression practiced by the Iranian authorities against the opposition after the protests that followed the re-election of Ahmadinejad. He warned the regime from the consequences of adopting a dangerous policy on the Islamic Republic, and called for releasing hundreds of prisoners who were arrested during the protests and received harsh sentences in prison.

Opinion:

The Iranian regime wants to say to the opposition that no one is above the law, despite the fact that the detainees were sons of Hashemi Rafsanjani, a close aide to the late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who has held most of the Iran's top political positions, including parliament speaker, armed forces commander and president from 1989 to 1997. However, the law applies to everyone.

Of course Iran is exclusively a dictatorship country that never accept the opposition. What the government is doing must be obeyed by the people, and those who oppose it is considered a traitor and easiest punishment in Iranian's regime is execution.

In Iranian prisons, there are thousands of political detainees, many of them are students and women. They have been detained for acting against national security, congregating and colluding with intent to disrupt national security, and cooperation with the Center for Human Rights Defenders.

Iranian people live, since the success of Iran's Islamic Revolution that toppled the Shah's regime, in very difficult conditions" Poverty and unemployment in addition to the spread of violence. Despite the fact that Iran is a country rich in oil, all Iranian governments after the revolution, unfortunatley, did not have any goal, except wars and backing repressive regimes in the world. It is easy for the government to spend billions of dollars on weapons, but it is difficult to agree to build a project that serves the Iranian people.

After all, Ahmadinejad must take a lesson from what happened with the predecessors of dictators such as Hitler and Gaddafi. He should also keep in mind that the Iranian people will revolt someday as they will not continue to accept to becoming outcasts to the international community, due to the ignorance and stupidity of their leadership which is ruling its people with fire and murder.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19708081

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/24/rafsanjani-under-pressure-children-jailed

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/24/239986.html

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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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