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Who are the candidates in the mullahs’ election masquerade?

ImageDespite the fact that all candidates in the mullah’s presidential elections had affirmed their heartfelt and practical commitment to the doctrine of the velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule), the Guardian Council qualified only eight out of more than 1,000 candidates, who have been among officials responsible for suppression, killings, plunder and the export of terrorism in the past quarter century.
The composition of the candidates and the reality that the regime was unable to offer even one new face to deceive its foreign interlocutors foretell of the clerical regime’s deadlock in every respect. Yesterday, Maj. Gen. Mohsen Rezai, acknowledging the prospects of a widespread boycott by the Iranian people, withdrew from the race.
In the past quarter century, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has held various posts, including membership in the Revolutionary Council, Interior Minister, Parliament Speaker, Deputy Commander in Chief of the armed forces, President and head of the State Expediency Council. In these capacities, he has been among the chief principals in the executions of dissidents in the 1980s, the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, the chain murders of dissidents at home and the assassinations in opponents abroad in the 1990s. He was also responsible for continuing the unpatriotic war with Iraq.

A court in Berlin in 1997 implicated Rafsanjani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei are the masterminds of assassinating dissidents abroad. Rafsanjani also played a key role in jumpstarting and expanding the regime’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. In an interview with Radio Farda on June 14, 2005, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, described Rafsanjani as the architect of Iran’s nuclear activities. A large part of Iran’s economy is controlled by Rafsanjani and his family who have skimmed billions of dollars from Iran’s national wealth. During Tehran’s Friday prayer congregation on May 5, 1989, he said, “If in retaliation for every Palestinian martyred in Palestine they kill and execute, not inside Palestine, five Americans, or Britons or Frenchmen [the Israelis] would not continue these wrongs. It is not difficult to kill Americans or Frenchmen.”

Another candidate, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, was the Revolutionary Guards’ Air Force commander until the year 2000. He played an important role in expanding the mullahs’ missile system. He was appointed as the commander of the State Security Forces (SSF), in which capacity he played a direct role in the crackdown on popular protests and demonstrations. During the July 1999 uprising, Qalibaf and 23 other Guards commanders wrote to Khatami, urging him to “use every available means” to put down the uprising or “they would take matters into their own hands”.

Mostafa Moin was the Minister of Higher Education in both Khatami cabinets and the Minister of Culture and Higher Education in Rafsanjani’s first cabinet. He was also the chancellor of the University of Shiraz from 1981 to 1982 and a member of the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution. In these capacities, he was responsible for purging and expelling many faculty and implementing repressive policies against students. He was also a two-term Parliament deputy.

Brig. Gen. Ali Larijani, was the head of the state Radio and Television from 1994 to 2004. Prior to that, he was the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Rafsanjani’s cabinet. Larijani was appointed as the representative of the Supreme Leader in the Supreme National Security Council. As the head of the state Radio and Television, he purged and expelled hundreds of staff and employees and censored all radio and television programs.

Khamenei appointed him to a committee comprised of Saeed Emami, then Deputy Intelligence Minister and Brig. Gen. Mohammad Baqer Zolghadr, Deputy Commander in Chief of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. The committee was involved in the abduction and the murder of many intellectuals and writers in the 1990s.

In 2003, Larijani set up several Arabic-language television stations to broadcast programs that promoted the mullahs’ fundamentalist view of Islam. He told Fars news agency in March 2005, “Making any concessions on nuclear technology is tantamount to the biggest treason."

Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Alinejad is the former mayor of Tehran and among the original member of the Office to Consolidate Unity (OSU) and one of the planners of the occupation of the US embassy in Tehran. He personally fired coup des grace into political prisoners. He was also the commander of the team that was responsible for carrying out the anti-Islamic and inhuman fatwa to murder the British author Salman Rushdie. He was the Governor General of Ardabil Province in northwest Iran and responsible for the crackdown and killing of dissidents in the province.

Brig. Gen. Mohsen Mehralizadeh was a Revolutionary Guards commander since the first years of the mullahs’ rule. He played an active role in identifying, arresting and executing hundreds of dissidents in the town of Maragheh. As deputy for Power Plants of the Atomic Energy Organization from 1993 to 1995, he directly supervised many of Tehran’s clandestine nuclear activities.

Mehdi Karroubi was among Khomeini’s confidants and for eight years, from 1989 to 1992 and from 2000 to 2004, the Parliament Speaker. He has shared responsibility for all of the clerical regime’s atrocities in the past 25 years. He strong supported the massacre of political prisoners in 1988. For many years, he was in charge of the Martyrs Foundation and Imam’s Relief Committee, which not only plundered Iranian people’s wealth, but also is a source of the clerical regime’s terrorist activities in the region.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 16, 2005