Iran’s Judiciary Prosecutes Activists, Ignores Abusers
It seems that an infamous Iranian prosecutor – someone sentenced to two years in prison for complicity in the death of one person arrested during Iran’s 2009 anti-government protests – has vanished before he could even be arrested. At least, that is what a spokesperson from Iran’s judiciary said on Thursday.
“An arrest warrant has been issued but they have not found [Saeed Mortazavi] yet,” spokesperson Hojatol Eslam Mohseni Ejeyi said to a skeptical press gathering. “Now I do not know how this can be!”
A mind-boggling comment, as Iran’s judiciary is notorious for condoning arbitrary arrests. Moreover, intelligence authorities, once led by Ejeyi himself, regularly carry out abusive arrests of activists.
Saeed Mortazavi’s disappearance became even less plausible after an Iranian journalist noted on Twitter that when she called his cellphone in March, Mortazavi calmly said he was living at home in Tehran.