Iran's intelligence minister warns reformist leader

Iran's intelligence minister warns reformist leader

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 2 /Trend, D.Khatinoglu/

Without directly mentioning the name, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi has issued a warning to a reformist leader in Iran, Mehr news agency reported.

"A person who was one of the heads of 'sedition' during the 2009 presidential elections in Iran, should not misunderstand the fact that he has not been punished like the reformist leaders who were placed under house arrests," he said.

Iranian authorities call unrests and demonstrations after announcing the result of presidential elections as "sedition".

After the presidential elections in May 2009, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rivals Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi claimed large irregularities in the results. Millions of Iranians also protested against the results.

According to the official results Mousavi gathered 13 million votes against Ahmadinejad's 24.5 milion votes.

Mousavi and Karroubi were under house arrest for several months after the elections.

Moslehi didn't mention anybody's name directly, but during the last several days negative position of authorities against ex-presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami has grown.

Iran is preparing to hold the 11th presidential elections on June 14, 2013.

The voters will select the successor of the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third term according to the country's constitutional laws.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.

Rafsanjani and Khatami both have insisted on the necessity of holding "free elections" to unification of the country and solving economic-politic problems.

Khatami said on May 1 that he would refuse to run his nomination in upcoming election, in case the obstacles in rout of free elections would not be eliminated.

Moslehi said that Iranian Supreme Leader has allowed anyone to run his nomination in elections, but the nominees should show clear position against "sedition" and prove their way is Velayat-e Faghih's.

Iran's religion slogan is the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who is called Velayat-e Faghih is the legitimation of government and all of authorities should set their way with him.

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