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Iran: Judiciary Spokesman and Former President’s Circle Dispute Over ‘Mental Health’


NCRI Staff

NCRI – In response to judiciary spokesman’s allegations of mental disorder against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former president’s advisor Ali-Akbar Javanfekr alleges that Gholamhosein Ejei is also suffering a mental illness.

Meanwhile, Hamid Baghaei, vice-president for executive affairs during Ahmadinejad’s presidency, has gone even further to compare Ejei to Nazis’ SS Commander.

In his December-24th press conference, regime’s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei implicitly alleged that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lacks mental health, adding that his case would be referred to medical jurisprudence if necessary.

A few hours later, Ali-Akbar Javanfekr responded to judiciary spokesman’s comments in his Telegram Channel, writing “if someone with more than 60 years of age and a white beard, who’s dressed as a clergy and has experience holding key positions in the country, wantonly attempts ‘nightingale whistling’ so that he’s ridiculed by everyone, should he be referred to medical jurisprudence or would it be better to directly confine him in a special hospital?”

Speaking for Tehran’s Sharif University students on Monday December 11, Mohseni-Ejei shared a memory about May-1997 events, saying “a number of students started whistling. I told them if it’s about whistling, then I can do it better than you. I can even ‘nightingale whistle’ without using hands.” He then started nightingale whistling for a few seconds.

Mohseni-Ejei was regime’s Intelligence Minister during Ahmadinejad’s first term in office. But he was dismissed towards the end of the period. Ejei’s comments were made in response to a question asking about his opinion on Ahmadinejad’s recently released videos.

According to Ejei, there are two viewpoints about Ahamdinejad: “some believe that the former president and his allies first need to be examined by the medical jurisprudence, so as to determine whether such moves come from a healthy mind.”

“But there are still others who say this has been made up only to avoid standing trial, but that’s out of the question, and maybe the day will come when it would be really necessary to refer them to the medical jurisprudence”, Ejei added.

Judiciary spokesman’s implicitly alleging that Ahmadinejad is mentally ill is despite the fact that the former president has been appointed by regime leader Ali Khamenei as a member of regime’s Expediency Council.

Meanwhile, Hamid Baghaei, vice-president for executive affairs during Ahmadinejad’s term in office, also responded to judiciary spokesman’s comments. Comparing Ejei to Nazis’ SS commander ‘Heinrich Himmler’, Baghaei said “Himmler believed that others should be sent to labor camps or psychiatric sanatoriums.”

Baghaei added that “Himmler was quite well known among German army personnel for his flattery, opportunism, brutality and over-confidence, while at the same time deeply hated by German people; besides, he had many problems in his personal life.”

Regime’s former vice-president added “it’s true that the SS was buried in history and Heinrich Himmler is now awaiting his hard punishment in the hereafter, but his thoughts and slogans are still alive among some, so that they imitate Himmler’s words.”

At the end of his 48-hour deadline, requiring head of the judiciary to release its claimed evidence against him and his aides, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Tuesday December 19, 2017, that “due to repeated violation of the constitution, head of the judiciary is no longer eligible for establishing justice, and that he is a usurper and lacks legitimacy, and so he should resign.”

Ahmadinejad was responding to judiciary spokesman’s December-22 comments, accusing Ahmadinejad and his aides of launching a new sedition, encouraging chaos, lying, and supporting Babak Zanjani.

Ahmadinejad and his allies’ attacks on the judiciary has intensified following Hamid Baghaei’s trial and Esfandia Rahim-Mashaei’s summoning to court during the past few weeks, so much so that they use such terms like ‘unjust’, ‘dictator’, and ‘pervert’ to describe judiciary officials.