Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused a “corrupt ring” inside Iran’s intelligence equipment of sustaining “a scientific hyperlink” with overseas espionage companies.
“They need to brace for trials,” Ahmadinejad, who served as head of state from 2005-2013, warned the group, with out naming its members. However the former president left greater than sufficient indicators in his video message that “the ring” in query was inside the Intelligence Group of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). In current months, the as soon as conservative politician favored by the ruling elite, who’s now seen as a dissident, has not shied away from revealing his frictions with the intelligence company in addition to the complete hard-line ruling institution.
Ahmadinejad acknowledged that the group was “committing treason by finishing up espionage” for enemies. Solely in April, after Iran’s key Natanz nuclear web site got here beneath an Israel-blamed assault, Ahmadinejad advised a cheering crowd of supporters within the southern metropolis of Bandar Abbas of how “the enemy’s brokers have infiltrated” the intelligence equipment. In his fiery speech, he famous that Iran’s intelligence has been fixating by itself unusual folks by cracking down on their in style protests.
Selecting up on the identical line in his new speech, Ahmadinejad as soon as once more pointed the finger of blame towards the identical group for suppressing the “authentic calls for” of the ongoing demonstrations in Khuzestan province. The rallies by the Arab-majority area over a worsening water disaster have now entered their eighth consecutive day. Activists say a minimum of 5 folks have been killed whereas IRGC-linked media blame Arab separatist teams for the killings and accuse “overseas enemies” of exploiting the demonstrations.
“As quickly as persons are out on the streets to have their voices heard, they need to face the identical corrupt intelligence ring … who hyperlinks them to foreigners and treats them with brutality,” Ahmadinejad mentioned as a message of solidarity with Khuzestan protesters.
Ahmadinejad’s personal two-term presidency was a interval marked by stifling media freedoms and a deterioration of the Iranian economic system. His contested reelection in 2009 sparked weeks of offended marches nationwide. The response from safety forces and the IRGC, which brazenly supported him on the time, left scores of protesters lifeless whereas 1000’s needed to languish beneath inhumane circumstances in such infamous amenities as Kahrizak.
Whereas he had the unequivocal backing from the IRGC and Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his first time period, his second time period led to extra fractious relations with each. Tensions with Khamenei reached boiling factors. The supreme chief rejected Ahmadinejad’s choose for vice presidency in addition to his choice to sack a Khamenei-favored intelligence minister.
In 2017, Ahmadinejad made a daring transfer by declining Khamenei’s recommendation to not run for president. However his disobedience value him his bid as he was disqualified by the Khamenei-controlled Guardian Council. In 2021, he as soon as once more ran for president, this time with out even consulting Khamenei’s recommendation, and was unsurprisingly rejected by the identical candidate-vetting physique.
In his newest speech, Ahmadinejad additionally warned about severe penalties of suppressing folks’s will and highlighted “eroding public belief” within the institution in what gave the impression to be a reference to the June 18 presidential election, which was marred by the bottom turnout within the Islamic Republic’s historical past. Ahmadinejad — nonetheless a member of the highest decision-making Expediency Council — is the one sitting Iranian official who publicly boycotted the one-sided election.