Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today accused Iran’s Judiciary, under the control of the country’s supreme leader, of unconstitutional conduct for barring him from a visit to Tehran’s Evin prison where one top aide is jailed.
Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad's press adviser and head of the state news agency IRNA, was sent to Evin in September to serve a six-month sentence for publishing an article deemed offensive to public decency and for insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In a letter to judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani, Ahmadinejad said the ruling against Javanfekr was “unjust,” adding he wanted to visit Evin to report to the country on how “the nation's rights are being preserved.”
“I have to remind you that in the constitution, there is nothing that requires asking permission or agreement of the judiciary when it comes to exercising the president's legal duties,” Ahmadinejad wrote. (ISNA, 22 October)
“When you easily accuse the president, who is the nation's representative ... Can one imagine judicial security for normal citizens who have no particular support except from God?” Ahmadinejad added.
The judiciary had rejected the request on Sunday, saying it was not in Iran's best interests as it faces an economic crisis.
“We must pay attention to major issues,” said Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei. “If we have in mind the best interests of the nation, a (prison) visit in these circumstances is not appropriate.” (Mehr News Agency, 21 October)