Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Sunday against the repercussions of oppressing protesters and critics of the Mullah's regime, predicting such heavy-handed clampdowns would trigger the country into "complete chaos".
A statement from Ahmadinejad also urged authorities to release his former aide, Ahmed Baqai who was jailed over corruption and embezzlement charges.
Baqai is alleged to have seized funds worth more than $5 million which was dedicated to increase the influence of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Africa.
Baqai insists that he is innocent and calls for putting IRGC Commander Qassem Soleimani to trial for misuse of the funds.
The former president and his supporters had staged a week-long
sit-in to protest the continued imprisonment of Baqaii and other Isfandiar
Rahimi. They chanted slogans against symbols of the country's judicial system
including Sadeq Larijani for abuse of power.
Ahmadinejad strongly slammed Iran's justice system that sends thousands of innocent Iranians into prisons for "simply demonstrating against the regime".
Over the past few months, millions of Iranians took to streets to protest the Mullah's regime's corruption and discriminatory policies. Up to 25 protesters were killed while hundreds were injured.
Thousands of protesters were tortured to death in prisons, according to human rights groups.
Recently, Ahmadinejad accused Iran's Ali Khamenei of stealing more than $190 billion of the “Iranian people’s fortune.
Analysts told the Baghdad Post that Ahmadinejad's comments might prompt millions of Iranians to stage fresh protests against the mullahs.