Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says people responsible
for the death of detained opposition protesters will face legal action.
Iranian media say Ayatollah Khamenei made the comment Sunday to the
father of a protester who died after being arrested at a July 9
The father, Abdolhossein Ruholamini, was an adviser to defeated conservative presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaie.
Ruholamini's 25-year old son, Mohsen, was detained for taking part in
protests against the disputed victory of the conservative incumbent,
Iranian authorities have said the younger Ruholamini died of meningitis
while in custody. But the semi-official Mehr news agency quoted a
source in the coroner's office Monday as saying he died from repeated
blows received in jail. The report could not be immediately confirmed.
In other developments, some conservative Iranian lawmakers objected
Monday to one of three female Cabinet nominees put forward by President
Education Minister-designate Sousan Keshavarz appeared in parliament to
present her agenda. But several conservative critics of the president
accused her of lacking the experience needed for the job.
If approved, the three female Cabinet nominees would become the first
women to serve as ministers since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Mr. Ahmadinejad's nominee for intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi,
also addressed lawmakers Monday, pledging to confront what he called a
"soft war" waged by Iran's enemies. He did not elaborate.
Moslehi is a former representative of Ayatollah Khamenei to the
Revolutionary Guards. But he also faced criticism over his credentials.
Iranian lawmaker Jamshid Ansari accused Moslehi of being inexperienced.
Iranian media say parliament will vote on the cabinet nominations Wednesday.
Mr. Ahmadinejad was re-elected in a controversial vote in June.
Government opponents say the election was fraudulent, and it set off
days of street demonstrations. Thousands of Iranians were arrested for
protesting the outcome of the election.