Iran police mission to arrest MP ends after public protest
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 28
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Iranian police forces that had been waiting for hours outside an MP’s house to arrest him backed down after the lawmaker’s fans held demonstrations there.
The police had waited outside to arrest Mahmoud Sadeqi, Tehran representative to the Parliament, when he was going home, but he “resisted” and managed to get inside, Entekhab news website quoted Sadeqi as having said.
“Their effort was against the law on overseeing Parliament members,” he said, adding the police were still waiting outside.
The following morning, news sources said a number of Sadeqi’s fans, including students, political activists, as well as some members of the parliament, had gathered outside his house. The police finally left.
Sources also said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani had stepped in to cease the police mission.
The right-wing Fars news agency said Sadeqi’s warrant of arrest had been issued because some persons had pleaded against him for “promoting false allegations”.
Recently in his speech at the Parliament floor, Sadeqi had raised concerns about some financial workings of the Judiciary.
Following that, Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani raised voice against Sadeqi, accusing him of following the schemes of the post-2009 election disturbances.
In response, Sadeqi wrote a letter to the Judiciary chief, assuring him that he and some other MPs had started legal efforts to fight corruption and help economic transparency.