The Iran Project

Iran news round up – April 13, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a joint meeting of his administration and members of the Iranian Parliament on April 12, 2015 in Tehran. (president.ir)

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analysts Mehrdad Moarefian and Marie Donovan, with contributors Farzin Farzad and Diana Timmerman. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

Key takeaway: Ali Larijani indicated that the negotiating team is “considering the specified redlines” of immediate removal of sanctions as part of a final nuclear deal. IRGC Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari disparaged Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s critique of the judicial system.

Regarding the complete and immediate removal of all sanctions as part of a final nuclear deal, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stated that the “negotiators have understood… the concerns of the critics of the nuclear negotiations, and are considering the specified redlines.” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and numerous other regime officials have forcefully reiterated immediate sanctions removal in particular as a redline after the P5+1 and Iran reached the political framework agreement on April 2. Larijani’s comments may reflect the leadership’s internal efforts to adjust its strategy for the next round of negotiations, given the debate over the seeming incompatibility between Iran’s and the P5+1’s statements on sanctions relief.

Expediency Discernment Council Chairman Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani criticized the judicial system and treatment of prisoners in Iran and called for improved women’s and judicial rights. IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari responded to Rafsanjani’s comments, stating “When the Islamic regime wants to [administer] justice… it is clear that the voice of justice and oppression from those who are at risk of prosecution along with their dependents becomes loud.” Jafari is likely referring to Rafsanjani’s son Mehdi, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison last month on security-related offenses and financial charges. Senior prosecutor Hojjat al Eslam Mohseni Ezhehi also argued that if there is no documentation to substantiate Rafsanjani’s claims, they may be an attempt incite public opinion against the judiciary system.

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By AEI Critical Threat

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