Iran’s former prosecutor to be put on trial next month

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Baku, Azerbaijan, July 17

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Former Iranian prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi will be put on trial after a group of workers filed complaint against him.

The workers' lawyer, Mostafa Tork Hamedani said that Mortazavi will attend the court after the end of the holy Ramadan month (July 29), Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on July 17.

He went on to note that the complaint was lodged against Mortazavi in connection with his activities during his tenure as the head of the Social Welfare Organization of Iran.

The organization was brought to spotlight after ex- president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013) appointed Mortazavi as its head in early 2012. He remained at the post till August 2013.

The appointment was met with sharp reactions from conservative lawmakers who argued that Mortazavi did not have the appropriate qualification for the post.

After parliamentary follow-ups, the Court of Administrative Justice announced on January 14, 2013 that the decree appointing Mortazavi to the post had been revoked.

Last year, the parliament finalized an extensive investigation into alleged cases of corruption in the organization and sent the report of investigation the Judiciary.

The report claims that some officials including 37 MPs and a few members of Ahmadinejad's administration received a large amount of money from the Social Welfare Organization.

The name of former Iranian first vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi, former Ministers of Labour Ali Reza Sheykholeslami and Asadollah Abbasi are among the ex-officials who have received gifts from the organization.

Mortazavi is also allegedly the key figure behind the Kahrizak prison incidents. A parliamentary report issued on January 10, 2010 found Mortazavi, who was the Tehran prosecutor general at the time, responsible for sending 147 inmates, charged with involvement in the political unrest after the presidential election of June 2009, to Tehran's substandard Kahrizak detention center on July 9, 2009.

In 2011, Tehran's Court dismissed Mortazavi after a series of tragic incidents in the prison. Mohsen Ruholamini and Amir Javadifar were the two of the prisoners reported to have died from torture at Kahrizak prison.

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