Sept. 3 – Hardline conservative lawmakers in Iran said they had filed a complaint against the country’s former president and moderate politician Hassan Rouhani, this week.
The legal complaint accused Rouhani of failing to fulfil several obligations during his presidency. The charges set out in the complaint include a failure to protect Iran’s currency from high inflation and stemming the country’s unemployment crisis.
In an apparent snub, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has yet to appoint Raisi to a new position. Former presidents are usually selected as members of advisory body the Expediency Council within days of stepping down from office.
Images of US tanks and other military vehicles belonging to Afghanistan’s army apparently being delivered to areas in Iran were published on social media.
The images prompted military experts to suggest that the Taliban may have given Iran the American military vehicles in an undisclosed deal.
Meanwhile, Iran resumed fuel exports to Afghanistan last week, after announcing it would also be willing to continue hosting the Afghan peace talks. Tehran has not formally acknowledged the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan.
And Iran’s judiciary filed criminal charges against six guards working at Iran’s Evin prison following the publication of video footage on social media showing officials assaulting and maltreating prisoners in the jail.
A committee based in Evin prison was also set up to investigate conditions at the notorious jail, which has been heavily criticized by human rights experts and international bodies for its treatment of prisoners.
The footage, which went viral, stoked global outrage, prompting the chief of Iran’s prisons to apologize for the incidents.
A report published in July by the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran condemned the Iranian government for poor prison conditions throughout the country. The rapporteur also said in his report that he “continued to be disturbed by the high number of death sentences and executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”