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Rouhani’s poor choice for justice minister draws fire

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Mostafa  Purmohammadi, who heads Iran’s General Inspectorate Organization, joined former President Ahmadinejad’s cabinet as Interior Minister in 2005. Rouhani included him in his proposed cabinet based on a nomination from the judiciary (under Iran’s Constitution, the justice minister is selected from among individuals proposed by the head of the judiciary. Human rights groups have implicated him in abuses that may constitute crimes against humanity, including the executions of thousands of political dissidents in 1988 and the assassinations of several prominent dissident intellectuals in 1998. Reporters Without Borders, the International Campaign For Human Rights and Human Rights Watch urged Rouhani to remove Purmohammadi “a member of the death committee” from his proposed ministers list . HRW Middle East researcher Faraz Sanei said that given Purmohammadi’s dark past, he should have no place in any cabinet…he should actually be investigated and prosecuted for the crimes that he was involved in…Rouhani’s cabinet. For Rouhani, who campaigned on freeing political prisoners, making reforms with regard to citizen’s rights to now suggest that Purmohammadi, could become a cabinet member, no less in the Justice Ministry, is a slap in the face to many of the families of the individuals who lost their lives.” Related: Justice Minister Nominee implicated in abuses

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  • Published: 62 days ago on Thursday, 15 August 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: August 15, 2013 @ 1:07 pm
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