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Ahmadinejad Crisis with Justice Aggravates as Former Vice President Sentenced to 63 Years in Prison

Ahmadinejad Crisis with Justice Aggravates as Former Vice President Sentenced to 63 Years in Prison

Thursday, 21 December, 2017 - 11:00
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets with Iraq's Vice President Khudair al-Khuzaie (not seen) during his visit in Baghdad July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Hadi Mizban/Pool

With the continuity of skirmishes between Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian judiciary, the crisis seems to aggravate.

Former Iranian Vice President Hamid Baghaei announced that the Iranian judiciary issued a sentence of 63 years imprisonment in his case.

Baghaei accused the head of judiciary of retaliation after disclosing 63 banking accounts belonging to Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary. His announcement followed an unprecedented attack in the Iranian internal politics when Ahmadinejad appeared in a video on his website demanding that Larijani tenders his resignation, stressing that he lacks legality and is occupying the position of head of judiciary via violating the constitution and penal laws.

Tension mounted between Ahmadinejad and the Iranian judiciary during the past month -- Larijani accused Ahmadinejad of causing riot and supporting businessman Babak Zanjani who is accused of embezzling three billion dollars.

Ahmadinejad ran as a candidate for presidency in April, six months after Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei recommended that he doesn’t nominate himself for the presidential elections. Some Iranian mediums saw that rejecting his nomination exits him from the political scene.

As for Baghaei, he stopped attending the trial sessions after he showed up in some of them before and defended himself.

Two months ago, Baghaei headed to the court holding a red basket in his hand, causing sarcasm among media outlets of Ahmadinejad rivals. He also accused the Iranian judiciary of issuing a sentence based on repeating previous charges and violation the constitution and penal laws, in a discreet manner.

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