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[Newspaper:] Enghelabe Eslami

[Date:] Sunday, 27 Ordibehesht 1360 – 13 Rajab 1401 – 17 May 1981

[Issue No.:] 541

[Page:] 3


Sheikh Mohammad Montazeri: I Will Disclose the Issues, Even in the Future. You May Accuse Me of Being Mad or Having a Nervous Disorder. 

. . . The Islamic Consultative Assembly had an open meeting on Thursday, 24 Ordibehesht 1360 [14 May 1360], and because of its importance, the details of the Council’s agenda were published in the Saturday, 26 Ordibehesht, issue.

At this time, we present for your kind attention the speeches given prior to the order and the statements made by Mohammad Montazeri. . .

Mohammad Mortazeri said, “I would like to give a small example. The Mizan newspaper is ordered to stop publication; Reza Sadr, the executive director of that newspaper, is put in prison; an esteemed investigator by the name of Ali-Akbar Abedi is involved in this episode.”

At this point, Sabbaghiyan said to Hashemi [Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the speaker of the Assembly], “Mr. Hashemi, are these issues relevant?”

Montazeri continued, “No. I would like to give an example.”

Sabbaghiyan: “Mr. Hashemi, you warned me three times.”

Mr. Mohammadi, representative from Hamadan: “You are not the Mizan newspaper.”

Mohammad Montazeri: “I would like to give an example.”

(Audible murmur among the representatives).

One of the representatives: “Gentlemen, don’t talk. Let him speak. Afterwards, you can respond if you have anything to say.”

Mohammad Montazeri: “I am asking a question, and does not everyone deserve to know who was responsible for the release (the person who released the Mizan newspaper)?”

One of the representatives: “One of them was a Baha’i!”

Mohammad Montazeri: “Two judges of the Prosecutor’s Office at the judicial Branch number 31, one of whom was a friend of the Alam family and a leader of the 14 Esfand episode at the University, and one other of whom was a Baha’i.”

Chairman: “So, how is that relevant to you?”

Mohammad Montazeri: “Faramarz Zamani-Salimi, the clerk of the judicial branch number 39 . . .”

Speaker: “Talk about something that is your business. You must defend the statement that he has made to you.”

Mohammad Montazeri: “Allow me.”

Speaker: “Well, if I allow you, then it will create the same problem.”

Mohammad Montazeri: “All right then. I will give up on my statements. There is a series of points I have to make, but, unfortunately, I do not have an opportunity to talk about them and inform the public.”

Speaker: “I know them too, and they do not need that much time.”

Mohammad Montazeri: “. . . However, all in all, before the spy nest is occupied, I have stated the direction of the U.S. policy in Iran and the politics of international Zionism in Iran. I have also stated this about Mr. Abbas Amir-Entezam before—and I will say it for the future—that if this individual is released, he will be assassinated at the hands of the revolutionaries in this country. You had better know it! . . .”