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September 21, 2009

Attacks on Khomeini grandson grow as he reaches out to reformist camp

According to parlemannews, the grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini visited the families of imprisoned reformist figures on the day marking the end of Ramadan.  Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, along with other members of his family, visited the families of the following jailed reformist leaders: Mirdamadi (Secretary General of the Participation Front), Tajzadeh, Nabavi, Tajerniya, Arabsorkhi and Tabatabaei. In this meeting, the families thanked him and provided him with the lastest news from Evin prison.
Meanwhile, local sources reported last week that Mehdi Mirdamadi was arrested, while his father has been in prison for more than 90 days.  Prior to this, Saeed Hajjarian’s son was arrested and interrogated. After that Atefe Imam, the 18-year old daughter of Javad Imam too was kidnapped and then released in the deserts around Tehran. The arrests of children of prominent reformists, entered a new phase with the arrest of children of members of Qom’s Theological Center Research centre and also ayatollah Montazeri’s grandchildren.
Hojatoleslam Hassan Khomeini, has been harshly criticized recently by the hardliner media, specifically Kayhan and IRNA for his support of the reformist camp, accusing him of colluding with the reformist leaders and activists.

Kayhan also explicitly attacked the institute’s head and the revolutionary founder’s grandson, Hassan Khomeini, accusing him of being “suspiciously” silent against the clear manipulation of ayatollah Khomeini’s ideas by ayatollah Yousef Sanei, Mohammad Khatami, and Mehdi Karoubi.  Kayhan noted that Hassan Khomeini’s silence cannot mean anything but cooperation with the “manipulators.” IRNA, which supports the Ahmadinejad administration, also attacked Khatami and Mousavi-Khoeiniha, who heads the Assembly of Combatant Clergy [Majma Rohaniyoon Mobarez], accusing them of falling in line with the “enemy’s plan to overthrow” the Islamic republic and attacked Hassan Khomeini’s “support” of these “elements” as unjustifiable, according to roozonline.

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