Iran purges Intelligence Ministry officials
Tehran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has
fired at least four senior Intelligence Ministry figures in a
purge targeting officials who disagreed with the crackdown on
the opposition after last month`s disputed presidential
election, lawmakers and media said today.
The dismissals came after Ahmadinejad fired his
intelligence minister, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, late last
month and marked a strengthening of the president`s hold on
the powerful ministry.
Ahmadinejad has served as temporary caretaker of the
ministry pending the formation of his new government, expected
Ahmad Avai, a conservative lawmaker, accused
Ahmadinejad of "settling scores" against officials he
considers sufficiently loyal. Avai was quoted in several
Iranian newspapers today saying parliament was considering a
probe into the dismissals.
Iran is holding its biggest political trial in
decades, trying around 100 people, including many top
politicians from the pro-reform opposition on charges they
plotted to overthrow the government through a "velvet
revolution" using massive street protests following the June
Several top defendants have made televised confessions
to the plot during the trial. The opposition says the
confessions were forced.
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