Iranian news in brief – April 10, 2022

An open-air market in Langarud, Gilan Province, northern Iran



Tehran-backed militia leader accuses Iraqi politicians of being tied to foreign will

Qais Khazali, the leader of Asaeb Ahl al-Haq, a Tehran-backed militant group in Iraq, accused the triple coalition, the Sadrist Movement, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the al-Sayyada coalition, of being “linked to foreign powers”. and threatened that the Shia Coordination Framework would not accept any government initiated by Muqtada al-Sadr.

“We don’t disagree with the Sadrist faction, but we disagree on political representation and achievements,” Khazali told Al-Sharqiya TV. He added that Muqtada al-Sadr was calling for the dismantling of Hashad al-Shaabi, a paramilitary group that takes orders from the Iranian regime’s IRGC Quds Force.

Six months after the Iraqi parliamentary elections, there is still no new government in Baghdad. Following the October 2021 elections, Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc won the most seats with 73 out of 329 in parliament, and the Fatah coalition, led by IRGC-QF close Hadi Ameri, won lost about two-thirds of its seats.

In a message to Iran-backed groups, Muqtada al-Sadr warned that he would refuse to unite with the Tehran-backed “Shiite coordination framework” and that in turn, under the Iranian regime’s instructions, they would block the political process.

Official confirmation of gender segregation in Tehran’s parks

A park sign in Iran that reads “park for ladies”

Mohammad Aghamiri, a member of the Tehran city council, confirmed that the state had decided on a new regulation to prevent men from entering 200 different parks in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

“More than 200 parks will be reserved for women, mothers and children,” he told Iran Dideban, a public body, on Saturday April 9, adding that he believed that the presence of men in the parks “is not in the best interest of women”. ”.

Without providing any evidence or citing polls, he also claimed that “the reason for implementing such a plan was the strong demand from the people of Tehran”, and that the city council “is only implementing demands of the people”.

Alireza Zakani, the mayor of Tehran, previously promised on Twitter that there would soon be an “adjustment effort for 352 parks in Tehran for mothers, children, women and girls”.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. CEST

Regime change slogans in Langarud, northern Iran

On Saturday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. local time, residents of Langarud county, Gilan province, who had gathered at an open-air market for shopping, came to hear chants of regime change.

Loudspeakers played slogans like “Down with Khamenei, long live Rajavi”, and “We don’t want either king or mullah, to hell with both”.

Also, excerpts of speeches by Iranian Resistance leaders were broadcast accordingly.

Pakistani investigation links Iranian Supreme Leader’s representative to money laundering

ISLAMABAD: A money laundering ring in Pakistan transferred a “colossal amount” of allegedly illicit funds to Iran, with a representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader among the recipients, according to court documents recently submitted by Pakistani investigators.

Investigative reports and WhatsApp chat logs – all seen by Arab News and corroborated by security officials – show that members of the network have operated between Pakistan, Iran and Iraq over the past seven last years.

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US condemns IRGC attack

The US Consulate in Erbil, Iraq, has strongly condemned the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile attack on Iraqi soil.

Why are drug prices skyrocketing in Iran?

The price of imported drugs has increased six-fold, Bahram Darai, chairman of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration, acknowledged in an interview with state-run newspaper Hamshahri on April 3. Darai also admitted that the price of drugs produced in the country has increased by 30 to 100 percent.

In his interview with Hamshahri, Darai claimed that the price hike was caused by “irrational consumption of drugs”, “increased use of drugs during the covid-19 pandemic” and “reverse smuggling” of drugs from the country. Iran to other countries.

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A former political prisoner will be deported to Iran and reincarcerated

Turkish police arrested Fatemeh Davand, a former political prisoner, on April 7, 2022, and transferred her to the central deportation camp outside the city of Kayseri. She is one of the detainees from the Iranian protests in November 2019.

Ms. Davand is currently being held at Camp Deport. In a telephone interview, she said: “I was arrested by the police yesterday for no reason in a shopping center in the city of Kayseri. After being transferred to a police station and having my fingerprints taken, I was taken to the central deportation camp outside Kayseri.

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Iranian Christian converts sentenced to prison and fined

A revolutionary court in the northern town of Rasht sentenced three Christian converts to five years in prison, in addition to fines. The Christian converts were identified as Ahmad Sarparast (25), Ayoub Pourrezazadeh (28) and Morteza Hajeb Mashoud Kari (38).

According to the recent verdict handed down by the Rasht Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Mohammad Hossein Hosseinpour, to their lawyer, Iman Soleimani, each of these Christian converts was sentenced to a prison term and a fine for the charges of “forming of a house church”, “dissemination of propaganda against the State” and “communication with Zionist agents and the Branhamist sect abroad”.

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