Skip to comments.Saeed Mortazavi: butcher of the press - and torturer of Tehran?
Posted on 06/24/2009 11:59:30 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Saeed Mortazavi, who has reportedly been given the job of pursuing Iranian democracy protesters through the courts, is a formidable hardliner with a decade-long track record of cracking down on reformists.
As prosecutor-general of Tehran since 2003 and as a judge before that, he has earned the nickname "the butcher of the press" for ordering the closure of more than 100 newspapers, journals and websites suspected of being hostile to the establishment.
He oversaw the arrest and trial earlier this year of Roxana Saberi, the American-Iranian journalist sentenced to eight years for spying, and it has been Mr Mortazavi's name on the arrest warrants of prominent reformists rounded up since the unrest started, such as Saeed Hajarian, a close aide of Mohammed Khatami, the reformist former President.
He has also led the clampdown on Islamic morality in Tehran that has seen women arrested for immodest clothing.
But it is the death of Zahra Kazemi while in Iranian custody on July 11, 2003, that has made Mr Mortazavi infamous around the world.
"The leading role of Saeed Mortazavi in the crackdown in Tehran should set off alarm bells for anyone familiar with his record," said Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East and North Africa director of Human Rights Watch.
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It's soooooo simple... The oppressed millions of Iran need to pursue him (and every SOB like him), until they seize him one night in some alley somewhere and skin him alive. These tyrants cannot all live out every moment of their lives in a cocoon.
Journalists from all opposition countries are being rounded up, kidnapped, put on ytial or put in prison without a trial.
If Iran can do this to foreign journalists, just think what they do to their own people - which we have seen over the past ten days.
I'm having a hard time understanding the Iranian people's reluctance to do what's necessary. Yes, it'll take courage, but they've got that. Yes, it'll take a tremendous sacrifice, albeit, I believe, a brief one. But what are they doing now, if not sacrificing -- interminably? Their future, their suffering, their happiness, is in their hands. So act, already.
They need to quit waiting on Americans to save them, particularly with the group of 'rats we have in office now.
(Iran: Please, just kindly don't start screaming 'Death to America,' 'Death to Jews,' 'Death to Christians,' etc., again when it's all over, as muslims always seem to do, when the killing of their own kind is done.)
Forced confessions have been airing on Iranian state run tv.
Mortazavi is an incredibly vile, evil creature whom I hope spends an eternity in Hell.