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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Hojjatoleslam Heydar Moslehi

Born: 1956

Hometown: Isfahan

Position: Minister of Intelligence

“This unrest is different from that of the past and is a prearranged counter-revolutionary movement, designed by agents of sedition.”





Hojjatoleslam Heydar Moslehi was Supreme Leader Khamenei’s representative to the Basij militia and head of the Organization of Islamic Trusts and Charities. He was appointed Ahmedinajad’s advisor for clerical affairs in 2005, but was forced to step down because of his connection to the Basij. It has been reported that he was chosen to take over the Ministry of Intelligence in August 2009 after former Intelligence Minister Qolam-Hussain Mohseni-Ejei denied a link between the demonstrations in the wake of the June 12, 2009 and plans for a “velvet revolution.”

Moslehi has blamed “several foreign nationals” for “pursuing propaganda and psychological warfare” during the demonstrations.” He has reportedly identified 80 organizations responsible for the demonstrations, which he claims had been planned ahead of time in Berlin and Denmark in order to “alter the behavior of government officials and the people” as well as dismantle the Islamic Republic regime from within, including “[the] People’s Mojahedin Organization, monarchists, religious and ethnic terrorists, Baha’is, homosexuals, feminist groups, nationalists and Marxists.”

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