March 16, 2015
by Addison Morris
An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced a son of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to 15 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and bribery. Rafsanjani's son, referred to only as "MH" in court documents, is assumed by those in the Iranian government to be Mehdi Hashemi. Hashemi is a ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Iran Supreme Court sentenced former vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi to more than five years in prison and imposed a fine of 10 billion rials (USD $360,000), the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Wednesday. Rahimi was also ordered to return 28.5 billion rials worth of goods. This ...[read more]
June 17, 2013
by G. Redd
Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was summoned to a criminal court on Monday. Although the charges were not specified, this may be the continuation of a longstanding political battle between Ahmadinejad and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, who recently filed a complaint against him. ...[read more]
February 3, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
The Iranian Parliament on Sunday voted 192-56 to impeach the country's labor minister, Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, because he appointed an official who was implicated in the deaths of anti-government prisoners in 2010. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that this constituted an abuse of power by ...[read more]
June 29, 2012
by Cody Harding
On June 29, 2009, Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution certified the results of the controversial June 12 presidential election, officially sanctioning the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Because of discrepancies in the election, there were allegations of fraud and thousands ...[read more]
April 24, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On April 24, 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized attempts by the UN to impose sanctions on the country's nuclear program, claiming that the actions by the UN Security Council (UNSC) and US were illegal. Following his sharp criticism, Ahmadinejad denied that Iran had broken ...[read more]
November 19, 2011
by Cody Harding
On November 19, 2006, the Iranian Parliament passed a bill instituting mandatory fingerprinting of all visiting US citizens, in defiance of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The bill was passed by conservative Majlis by a vote of 135 to 26. Ahmadinejad had spoken out against the bill, emphasizing ...[read more]
August 8, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 8, 2009, Iranian Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dorri Najafabadi acknowledged the torture of protestors at the Kahrizak detention center in the wake of the country's disputed presidential election in 2009. Following the announcement, the warden of the Kahrizak facility was arrested and ...[read more]
June 1, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Iran's Parliament voted on Wednesday to take President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to court for "illegally" declaring himself oil minister. Last month, Ahmadinejad fired minister of oil Masoud Mirkazemi in an effort to streamline his cabinets and took control of the ministry as a "caretaker." The ...[read more]
March 3, 2011
by Yuriy Vilner
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: "Across the Middle East, protest movements are taking hold. While each draws inspiration from the examples of Egypt and Tunisia, each country has a story of its own. In Iran, for example, the world may be witnessing a repeat of the demonstrations that rocked the ...[read more]

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