August 19, 2009

Clerics Criticize Mojtaba Severely in Secret Meeting with Supreme Leader

Translation from Mowj Camp (h/t NYT):

The Meeting of Well-Known Qom Clerics with the Leader Ends with no result / Extreme criticism of Mojtaba Khamenei’s role
A group of high ranking clerics from Qom which met with the Supreme Leader confidentially, have criticized the role of Mojtaba Khamenei in recent events. Although Ayatollah Khamenei rejects the possibility of Mojtaba’s involvement in recent events, he has reacted strongly to these critical clerics.
According to Green Freedom Wave’s reporting (Mowj Camp), based on a news piece that has been published in some news bulletins, a group of high-ranking clerics met with Khamenei a few days prior to Ahmadinejad’s Inauguration ceremony and raised severe criticisms about the state of the country.
Based on this bulletin, the core of this group consisted of Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini, Friday prayer leader of Qom who has a history with the Theological Seminary of Qom, and Hojjat-ol-Eslam Javadi Amali, son of Ayatollah Javadi Amali.
Green Freedom Wave’s reporting indicates that this group of clerics focused their criticism on Mojtaba Khamenei and held him responsibile for many of the recent events.
According to the aforementioned bulletin, “It is said that Ayatollah Khamenei reacted very strongly to these criticisms and denied any involvement whatsoever of Mojtaba Khamenei in recent events. It appears that this important meeting ended without any conclusive result.”
The Green Freedom Wave had also reported on this meeting one month ago and also referenced Ayatollah Kharrazi’s severe criticisms of the Leader, based on his belief that Khamenei was responsible for all the bloodshed in recent events.
It is important to remember that many of the clerics of Qom such as Javadi-Amali and Amini, two of the main Friday prayer leaders of Qom, did not attend Ahmadinejad’s Inauguration ceremony.

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