Iranian president ally appears in court

Saeed Mortazavi is accused of being involved in deaths of anti-government protesters in 2009.

    Iran's state TV says prosecutors have accused a close ally of the Iranian president of involvement in the deaths of detainees during unrest after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election nearly four years ago.

    The allegations against Saeed Mortazavi, a former Tehran prosecutor, are the latest potential political troubles for Ahmadinejad.

    Many of the president's allies have been detained or weakened during power struggles with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    Political analysts have said this is the first time in recent history that someone so powerful has faced such serious criminal charges in Iran.

    Tuesday's report says the charges, issued during Mortazavi's first court hearing, include illegal detention and false reporting to higher authorities.

    A parliamentary probe two years ago found Mortazavi had a role in the fatal torture of at least three anti-government protesters jailed during mass demonstrations in the wake of the 2009 presidential election.

    Al Jazeera's Soraya Lennie reports from Tehran.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera And Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.