Ahmadinejad accuses Larijani's family of corruption
DUBAI - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday accused the parliament speaker's family of corruption, during an angry debate reflecting a struggle between the Iranian leader and rival factions in his final months in power.
The president used a speech defending a minister against impeachment to levy accusations of corruption against the family of speaker Ali Larijani, in a session marked by jeering and shouting.
The legislature voted 192 to 56 to remove labor minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami over what lawmakers said was the illegal appointment of Saeed Mortazavi, a former prosecutor accused of links to the deaths of prisoners.
Ahmadinejad said he had a tape of a private conversation between Fazel Larijani, the speaker's brother, and Mortazavi, that proved the family had used the official prominence of the five Larijani brothers for economic gain.
The president played a portion of the tape but it could not be heard clearly in the chamber, so he read what he said was a summary of the conversations.
He claimed Fazel Larijani had implied in a meeting with Mortazavi that he could use his brothers' influence to remove obstacles for private firms, in return for involvement in their projects.