Iranian opposition star calls for fundamental system change

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Iranian Opposition Leader Calls For Fundamental System Change

Iran to Pardon Many Convicts, While #x27;a journalist was arrested and another convicted.

Mir Hossein Moussavi, former Iranian Prime Minister, proposes a referendum on whether or not to draft a new constitution. (File photo)

One ​​of the main opponents in Iran, Mir Hossein Moussavi, called for a profound change in the political system, facing a “crisis of legitimacy with the protest movement triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini.

“Iran and Iranians need and are ready for fundamental change, the outline of which is being shaped by the pure Women-Life-Freedom movement.

—Mir Hossein Moussavi, one of Iran's main opponents, in a statement

He thus alludes to the main slogan chanted during the demonstrations sparked by the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died after being arrested by the morality police, who accused her of having violates the strict dress code of the Islamic Republic.

For the opponent, this protest movement took place in a context of interrelated crises which are economic, environmental, social, legitimacy, cultural and media.

Mir Hossein Moussavi proposes that a free and fair referendum be organized on whether or not to draft a new constitution, because the current structure of the system is unsustainable.

Unsuccessful presidential candidate of 2009, Mr. Moussavi took the lead in the protest against the re-election of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, denouncing massive fraud.

Now 80 years old, he has been under house arrest in Tehran for 12 years with his wife Zahra Rahnavard, but without being charged.

A close confidant of the founding father of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, Mr. Moussavi served as Prime Minister from 1981 to 1989.

As during the Revolution of the people in 1979, the people are entitled to fundamental revisions in order to […] pave the way for freedom, justice, democracy and the development of Iran, it adds -he in his release.

“The refusal of the leadership to take any step towards the realization of the rights of citizens defined in the current constitution […] has discouraged the society from carrying out reform within the framework of the existing structure.

— Former Iranian Prime Minister Mir Hossein Moussavi

Iran to pardon or commute prison sentences for a significant number of convicted, including some arrested during the recent protests, on the occasion of a national holiday, according to a statement released on Sunday.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has agreed to pardon and reduce the sentences of a significant number of defendants in connection with recent or alleged incidents. convicted in other cases, says the statement posted on Mr. Khamenei's website.

The press release does not specify the number of people affected by this measure announced on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in February 1979. Tens of thousands of detainees are likely to benefit from it, according to media.

The Ayatollah Khamenei regularly grants collective pardons on major religious or national holidays, in accordance with justice.

Excluded from the amnesty are those charged with espionage, murder and intentional injury, destruction and arson against government, military and public facilities, according to the statement.

For its part, the judicial authority announced on its website Mizan Online that individuals arrested in connection with the protest movement will only be released if they sign a statement of remorse and a written undertaking not to repeat a similar intentional crime.

Elnaz Mohammadi, head of the society department of the daily Ham Mihan, was arrested in Tehran on Sunday after being summoned, the reformist newspaper Shargh reported on its website, without further details.

Ms. Mohammadi is the sister of Ham Mihan's journalist, Elaheh, detained since September in Evin prison in Tehran.

The head of society at Iranian newspaper Ham Mihan, Elnaz Mohammadi, was arrested, while journalist Hossein Yazdi was sentenced to one year in prison.

The Authority court charged Elaheh Mohammadi in November with propaganda against the system and conspiracy against national security for covering up the Mahsa Amini case.

The court further sentenced him to one year journalist Hossein Yazdi, imprisoned since December 5 in Isfahan, said Shargh.

Mr. Yazdi was the director of the city-based political news site Mobin 24.

The Tehran Journalists Association reported in early January that more than 30 Iranian journalists were still imprisoned in connection with the protests.

At the end of October, more than 300 Iranian journalists and photojournalists issued an open letter criticizing the authorities for arresting [their] colleagues and for having them deprived of their rights, including access to their lawyers.