The families of Iranian opposition leaders under house arrest announced today that statements attributed to their parents in the media is false and that MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have not made any assessments of the coming election.
Iranian judiciary announced the execution of two individuals convicted of espionage today Sunday May 19 in Tehran for “links to foreign intelligence services.” Tehran Prosecutors office identified the two individuals as “Mohammad Heydari” and “Kourosh Ahmadi.”
After Iran’s Guardian Council chief criticized the municipal elections process in his Friday sermon, the parliamentary speaker reacted today, saying the head of the council must be misinformed.
The eldest son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has called on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to direct Iranian security forces to desist from “unethical and immoral” actions and “the confiscation of the personal property of dissidents.”
Iran’s Guardian Council has given itself five extra days to determine the eligibility of presidential hopefuls, saying it will announce the eligible candidates on May 21.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said on Thursday May 16 that talks in Istanbul with Catherine Ashton, the P5+1 representative, were beneficial, adding that Iran is prepared to continue nuclear talks either before or after its presidential election.
Iran’s Guardian Council, the powerful body that determines the eligibility of political candidates, announced that it has approved a policy to require concrete administrative plans from presidential candidates when it is deemed necessary.
Independent presidential candidate Ghassem Sholeh Saadi was summoned by the Ministry of Intelligence after he met with a number of reporters and reformist youth.
The head of the IRISL Group (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines) says revenues from the country’s shipping industry have shrunk by more than half in recent years.
The Iranian government has proposed new projects such as building infrastructure in Shahrood’s Abr Forest and opening up oil development in Kavir National Park by issuing exploration permits, and the government’s national development plan promises to donate 2,000 square metres of public land to Iranian families. However, each of these announcements has triggered waves of criticism against the government’s choices. Some critics have described the news as mere propaganda in view of the approaching election, but others are concerned that implementing such projects could do lasting harm to the country’s environment.