On August - 31 - 2009
- The regime has sacked the chief prosecutor, Saed Mortazavi, and replaced him with someone with less of a brutal reputation. The regime appears to be fearful of its population and is trying to appear to be reforming.
- Karroubi has written a letter saying he is willing to provide evidence of the rape of prisoners at Kahrizak prison.
- Michael Ledeen has a must-read piece on Pajamas Media. Ayatollah Khamenei is admitting that members of the security forces made mistakes, specifically the attacks on university dorms, and should be prosecuted. He’s trying to distance himself from the people’s anger. The head of the IRGC also admitted that “criminal” raids had occurred at Tehran University, and that an investigation had begun. He attributed it to people acting on their own, and not on the orders of the leadership, of course.
- Ledeen also mentions that there has been a huge explosion at the region’s second largest petrochemical facility, located at Bandar Assaluyeh in Iran, which destroyed about one-third of the plant. He attributes this act to elements opposed to the regime. The shutting down of the plant is causing huge problems, as more of the government-run vehicles will have to run on gasoline, which Iran has to import large quantities of.
- He also links to this BBC report that includes testimony of frozen bodies being delivered to graves at night with clear signs of sexual and physical abuse.