Institutionalized corruption and embezzlement have an inextricable link with the mullahs' dictatorship in Iran. However, what is new is the courageous uprising of the Iranian youth, which has made the regime's internal factions, in awe of the people's rage, expose each other's looting and point to the other faction as the cause of corruption.
Speaking in Yazd recently, regime president Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the embezzlement of $975 million by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's faction, calling that faction the main culprit behind the current situation. He said: "I want the judiciary, which is now fighting cases of corruption ranging in the millions and billions, to explain to the people about the case of corruption that ranges in the tens of billions of dollars. It’s been a few years since a gentleman stole $2.7 billion of the people’s money and was arrested and sentenced to death, and he is now in jail, but what happened to the stolen money remains a mystery.”
In a program aired by Iran’s state TV (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting- IRIB) a so-called “Quran expert” said that those who were arrested in the recent anti-government protests must be punished by cross amputation of their hands and feet in public.
Abolfazl Bahrampour who was introduced as a “Quran expert” stresses on cross amputation for those arrested during the protests and said they must suffer; their hands and feet must be amputated, and they must be executed or punished at the very site of their crime.
Bahrampour made the hideous remarks on a daily program on IRIB, stating hanging the protesters or maiming them by “cutting them into pieces, right hand together with the left leg” and then releasing them into the society and declared that those who had participated in the protests should be “exiled to a broken ship in the middle of the sea and live there until they die”.
Speaking at the Friday prayer congregation in Tehran, the prayer leader Ali Akbari demanded the death penalty for Iran protesters.
In a part of his disgusting remarks Ali Akbari said on November 29: “We must take security issues more seriously than before, firmly and based on sharia laws. You know that God is very harsh against seditionists, those disrupting public security, endangering people and their assets. The rulling of mohareb (enmity against God) specified for those type of people is among the highest Islamic punishments.
Following this latest threat, we expect this opportunity be used to cleanse the society of these vicious rioters. Hopefully, God’s revenge will be taken through law enforcement authorities and the judiciary.”
Iran, November 28, 2019—Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei revealed his deep fear of the protests that have shaken the ground beneath his regime in the past two weeks, describing them as “deep-rooted, widespread and dangerous” on Wednesday.
Khamenei, who was speaking to a group of Basij forces, the two organs that were directly responsible for the brutal crackdown on the protesters, ordered his forces to remain alert and present at all places and avoid being caught unawares. Khamenei also implicitly gave his forces the order to fire at will on protesters.
The U.N. human rights office voiced deep concern on Tuesday at the Iranian security forces’ use of live ammunition and killing of protesters in Iran and urged authorities to rein in its use of force to disperse protests sparked by a hike in fuel prices.
“We are deeply concerned by reported violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, including the firing of live ammunition, against demonstrators in Iran”, Mr. Colville said. “It would suggest that it is not simply the immediate trigger to the protest, which was a rise in fuel prices, but…much deeper-seated problems persisting in the country.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei backed gasoline price increases today, calling the protesters “hooligans.” He openly ordered for a decisive crackdown on the protesters and instructed the security forces to act in line of their “duties.”
Khamenei also blamed opponents of the Iranian regime and foreign enemies for “sabotage,” state television reported.
He described those setting fire to public property during the protests as “bandits” backed by the enemies of Iran, without elaborating.
“Some people are no doubt worried by this decision … but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran’s enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so,” he said, according to state TV.
Khamenei said the increase in gasoline prices was based on expert opinion and should be implemented, but he called on officials to prevent hikes in prices of other goods.
Iran’s security forces have shot dead at least eight protesters and wounded over a dozen more as protests erupted across the country over a hike in gasoline prices.
On Friday evening, the state security forces opened fire on a demonstration in Sirjan (south-central Iran), killing at least one protester and wounding many protesters. Ruhollah Nazari Fath abad was shot in the head at the Naft (Oil) Square, outside the city’s oil depot and instantly died, reports indicate.
The governor of the city of Sirjan, 800 kilometers southeast of the capital, Tehran, said on November 16 that the demonstrator was killed under unclear circumstances and that several others were injured.
Officials in the northern city of Kelardasht in Mazandaran Province say 13 young men and women were arrested Thursday in a “mixed-gender night party”, according to the state-run Fars news agency.
Fars known to be affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said six women and seven men were arrested in a night party where alcohol was being served but didn’t provide further details on those arrested.
Drinking alcohol and attending parties of unrelated men and women is illegal in Iran.
The regime does not recognize or respect Iranian’s right to privacy and mobilizes all its forces to crack down on civil liberties.
Hundreds of people have been detained in private mixed gender parties over the past year.
In late October, the Iranian authorities arrested 15 men and women at a mixed-gender party at the Iranian island of Qeshm.