Media: Iran purges Intelligence Ministry officials

August 10, 2009 14:58

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fired at least four senior Intelligence Ministry figures in a purge targeting officials who disagree with the crackdown on the opposition after disputed elections, Iranian media reported Monday. Hasan Younesi, son of former intelligence minister Ali Younesi, said on his Web site that four deputy ministers were removed because they didn't support allegations reformists plotted a "velvet revolution." Several news Web sites, including one close to conservatives, Khabaronline, also reported the dismissals. A conservative lawmaker, Ahmad Avai, was quoted in newspapers as saying parliament may investigate the dismissals. Earlier this month, Ahmadinejad removed his Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi.

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