Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested and held for seven hours Monday and warned to keep silent about matters detrimental to the Islamic regime before he was released, according to a source within the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence unit, The Guardian reported.
On his way to a meeting with the supreme leader, contact between the security team within the president’s convoy was disconnected while three other cars joined the convoy, and the president was taken to the office of Hossein Taeb the head of the Guards’ intelligence. Ahmadinejad and his entourage were disarmed and communications equipment was taken away according to the report.
At the same time the source told The Guardian, hundreds of other Guards’ members from the intelligence unit questioned Ahmadinejad’s associates throughout Tehran about the existence of documents detrimental to the regime.
Ahmadinejad was questioned for hours in a meeting with Taeb, Asghar Hejazi, the head of intelligence at the supreme leader’s office, Mojtaba Khamenei, the supreme leader’s son, and Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, the attorney general where he was warned to back down from his claims against regime officials and given an ultimatum, The Guardian reported
The Guardian cited the regime’s media outlet Baztab that reported that with the upcoming registration of presidential candidates, Ahmadinejad warned associates that if his chosen candidate to succeed him, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, was rejected as a candidate, then he would reveal tapes that would show the regime defrauded the voters in the 2009 presidential election.