Ahmadinejad angry about Mourtazavi's arrest, claims to handle issue when back from Egypt

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Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that he has already heard about the arrest of head of Iran's social security organization Saeed Mortazavi, IRNA reported.

"Unfortunately I am aware of his arrest, and this is really ugly. When I am back from my trip to Egypt, I will definitely pursue this issue seriously," Ahmadinejad said at the airport prior to his leaving to Egypt.

Fars News agency reported citing informed sources that Mourtazavi was arrested on charges of illegal possession of government property

Speaking at the parliament on Sunday, Ahmadinejad accused the parliament speaker Ali Larijani's family of corruption.

Addressing parliament to defend one of his ministers against impeachment, Ahmadinejad went on the attack, playing astonished lawmakers a recorded conversation with the brother of the speaker that he said implicated the whole family in corruption.

Under Larijani's chairmanship, parliament has been hostile to Ahmadinejad for most of his second four-year term and on Sunday it voted to dismiss Labor Minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami over his decision to appoint Saeed Mortazavi, accused of links to the deaths of prisoners, to a new job.

Ahmadinejad played what he said was a recording of a conversation between Mortazavi and Fazel Larijani, the speaker's brother, that proved the family had used the prominence of the five Larijani brothers for economic gain.

But the recording was inaudible and Ahmadinejad read out what he said was a summary.

Tehran Prosecutor Office announced early Tuesday that Mourtazavi got arrested, without giving out any details.

"I don't know why it so happens that a person who commits crime is free, while the one who informed of the crime gets arrested," Ahmadinejad said.

He went on to add that the Judiciary System of Iran is not to be run by a family, noting that such situation is not good for Iran or the Judiciary system itself.

Iran's Judicial System is being run by the eldest of Larijani brothers - Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

A parliamentary report issued on January 10, 2010 blamed Mortazavi for sending 147 inmates, charged with involvement in the political unrest that occurred after the Iranian presidential election of June 2009, to the substandard Kahrizak detention center on July 9, 2009.

In 2011, Tehran's Military Court dismissed Mortazavi after a series of tragic incidents in the Kahrizak Prison.

The court discussed cases over two other judges in connection to the incident. The court dismissed all three persons from their posts.

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