Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Changes to Iran's Law Enforcement

Najjar appointed deputy commander of IRIPF

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has appointed Iran's interior minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjara to the dual post of deputy commander the Islamic Republic of Iran Police Force (IRIPF).

It is reported the appointment comes after the formal request of Najjar, a former commander of the IRGC.

"In line with the critical responsibilities of the interior minister to ensure public security and order, and as the close connection between this ministry and the police would ensure order and security [in the country], I call on the commander-in-chief to allow the interior minister to assume control over the civil forces", Mohammad-Najjar wrote.

In response to the letter, Ayatollah Khamenei wrote "I appoint you as deputy commander of the [IRIPF]."

Khamenei added that further details concerning Najjar's duties as deputy commander would be announced shortly.

IRGC to arm Basij in Sistan-Baluchestan

The new commander of the IRGC in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan has directed the guards to arm the provincial Basijis (under specific conditions and supervision).

General Alireza Azimi-Jahed, who was appointed Thursday as the Sistan-Baluchestan’s IRGC commander, told Fars News Agency on Sunday that he will follow up his programs in collaboration with the new commander of Guards Quds Brigade.

Jahed replaced former Sistan-Baluchestan IRGC commander Rajabali Mohammadzadeh, who was killed in an Oct 18 suicide attack at a meeting between Shiite and Sunni groups, near the Iran-Pakistan border town of Pishin. Forty-one others were killed in the terrorist attack, including six senior IRGC commanders and several tribal leaders.

The former commander of IRGC’s Quds Brigade General Nour-Ali Shoushtari was also among those killed in the blast.

Shoushtari and Mohammadzadeh were following the same path in arming local Basijis to deal with threats against the region, which neighbors strife-torn Pakistan and war-ravaged Afghanistan.

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