Iran’s political oppression will end in chaos, warns Ahmadinejad

File photo of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (REUTERS)
Updated 01 April 2018
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Iran’s political oppression will end in chaos, warns Ahmadinejad

LONDON: Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned the Iranian regime that “oppressing people and clamping down on protesters and critics will result in chaos.”

In two statement on his followers’ web page, Ahmadinejad demanded the release of his former aide, who was jailed for corruption and embezzlement worth more than $5 million.

Baqai is alleged to have diverted funds dedicated to spreading the Al-Quds Brigade’s influence in African countries.

Ahmadinejad insists Baqai is innocent and has called for the trial of Al-Quds Brigade chief Qassem Suleimani for misuse of the funds.

The former president also criticized Iran’s justice system, saying: “Iranians are being arrested for simply demonstrating or criticizing officials and the way the country is run.”

More restrictions and a heavy-handed clampdown to silence critics will bring chaos,” he said.

The former president and his supporters had organized a week-long sit-in to protest the continued imprisonment of Baqaii and Isfandiar Rahimi. Ahmadinejad’s followers chanted slogans calling for the dismissal of the judicial head Sadeq Larijani and his brother Ali Larijani, speaker of house of parliament, for abuse of power and using their positions to promote corruption and violence.

In recent months, Ahmadinejad has turned against Ali Khamenei, accusing the supreme leader of stealing more than $190 billion of the “Iranian people’s fortune.”


12 suspected extremists killed in Egypt raids: ministry

Updated 1 min 49 sec ago
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12 suspected extremists killed in Egypt raids: ministry

  • The ministry said five other suspects were killed in a different raid
  • No group claimed responsibility for the Sunday attack
CAIRO: Twelve suspected militants were killed Monday in police raids near Cairo, Egypt’s interior ministry said, a day after a bomb blast injured 17 people including tourists near the Giza pyramids.
Security forces “carried out a raid against an apartment in the 6th of October district used for making explosive devices... These forces were shot at and responded, which left seven dead among the group,” which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the ministry said in a statement.
In another such raid in Cairo’s Al-Shorouk neighborhood against the militant Hasm group, an armed affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, the ministry said five suspected extremists were killed in an exchange of fire.
Weapons and ammunition were seized in the two apartments, the interior ministry said.
“As part of the ministry’s efforts to tackle the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization, information reached national security services” of attacks being prepared by Hasm, the ministry said.
The statement did not directly link the raids to Sunday’s attack in which a roadside bomb hit a tourist bus near the famed Giza pyramids.
There was no claim of responsibility.
It came months after three Vietnamese holidaymakers and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus near the pyramids in December.
Egyptian authorities led a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members after the military overthrew president Muhammad Mursi in 2013.
The Hasm group emerged in 2016 and has in the past claimed responsibility for several attacks.