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Karroubi's criticism could be final warning for Khamenei : experts

Mehdi Karroubi


Observers described the scathing criticism of Iran's leading opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi against Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a raging fire.

They said such critical statements were made at a very critical time as Khamenei is now between a rock and a hard place, the harsh US sanctions and the massive Iranian uprising that call for ending his disgrace regime.

They also described Karroubi's call upon the influential Assembly of Experts (AE) to make Khamenei accountable for three decades of policies that have pushed the country into its current situation as a severe blow to the Iranian supreme leader and his regime.

Karroubi, a Green Movement opposition leader, has called upon the AE to hold Khamenei accountable for three decades of policies that have pushed the country to its current situation and stop showering the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader with “praise and eulogy”

The AE has a constitutional role to supervise the Supreme Leader.

“In the absence of effective supervision of AE over the Leader and institutions directly controlled by him, including the Guardian Council, the Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Baseej militia, judiciary, state radio and TV, as well numerous foundations and economic entities across Iran, the country and its people have been irrevocably damaged in the past three decades,” the Green Movement leader wrote in his letter.

Karroubi, a former speaker of parliament, said the constitution needs another amendment in favor of putting the ruling establishment under the nation’s supervision and forever end the era of power being monopolized by a single individual.

He said Khamenei should explain the reasons behind the involvement of IRGC, Baseej militia and Police in banking and oil trade.

“I explicitly say that under such management, the country has been pushed back to the pre-constitution Qajar dynasty era,” he wrote.

In 2011, Karroubi, former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard were placed under house arrest after they challenged the 2009 presidential election.

This is Karroubi’s second letter this year in which he violently criticizes the policies of the Supreme Leader.

Last March, Karroubi had addressed a letter to Khamenei saying he should be blamed for the country’s chaotic political, economic, cultural and social conditions.

Meanwhile, Karroubi has urged the AE to investigate the role of Friday Prayer Leaders and military and economic entities under Khamenei’s direct supervision in pushing the country into the current regretful situation.

“Why don’t you raise questions about the interference of IRGC commanders in political and economic affairs of the country?” Karroubi has insisted, adding, “Why have you kept mum against the interference of a number of Friday Prayer Leaders in the country’s executive affairs?”

In the meantime, Karroubi has urged AE members to investigate the cases of an opposition leader’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard who is under house arrest, prominent detained lawyers and human rights activists, Nargess Mohammadi, Abdolfattah Soltani, Qassem Sho’leh Sa’di, as well as the case of imprisoned Gonabadi dervishes, students, workers, teachers and women.

Lambasting the Islamic Republic’s judiciary, Karroubi has lamented, “Iran’s justice department is in ruins and people are witnessing justice slaughtered on a daily basis.”

Analysts at the time suggested that the letter was the death blow to all hopes for lifting the house arrest.

Later, Karroubi said that the saga of house arrests would never end until the death of one of the two sides involved in it, Karroubi or Khamenei.

Last Modified: Monday، 03 September 2018 02:17 PM