Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani today said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not understand his constitutional powers. Ahmadinejad has been pressuring the Judiciary to allow him to visit Evin, the country’s main prison. On Monday, Ahmadinejad accused the judiciary of “unconstitutional” behavior for its refusal to permit a sitting president to visit Evin prison. Sadeq Larijani fired back that Ahmadinejad will not be allowed to visit Evin without his permission. (ISNA, 24 October)
Evin is a notorious prison noted for its political prisoners’ wing. Ahmadinejad’s press adviser and head of the state news agency IRNA, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, is being held in Evin on charges of offending public decency and insulting the supreme leader. Ahmadinejad wanted to visit Javanfekr during the tour of Evin.