Senior officers in Iran's Revolutionary Guard have written a letter to their superior officer asking for guarantees that they will not be required to open fire on anti-government protesters, the Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.
In the letter, addressed to Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Guards' commander, the officers contend that using violence against their own people breaks the tenets of Shi'te Islamic law.
"We promise our people that we will not shoot nor beat our brothers who are seeking to express legitimate protest against the policies and conduct of their leader," the letter states.
The Telegraph quotes western diplomats familiar with the letter as saying it has been passed on to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. No official Iranian response to the letter has been made.