February 25, 2019 16:42
News ID: 4464

(Persia Digest) – Former Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has said that there is less freedom in Iran today than there was under the Shah.

Fars New Agency, affiliated to the IRGC, has reported that they conducted an interview with Ahmadinejad a few weeks ago; but his entourage refused to hand over the audio file and film to their reporter.

Nevertheless, the news agency has published a version of the interview today.

According to Fars, Ahmadinejad has commented on freedoms and justice in Iran by saying: “Freedom today and freedom before the 1979 Revolution must be studied on two levels. The first is the severity of dealing with the people’s freedoms and the second is the scope of freedom restrictions. I believe that we are doing better in the first instance. That is to say, the governance does not deal with the opposition with the same severity, but the scope of restricted freedoms is worse. In other words, political prisoners are not dealt with as aggressively as under the Shah, but the scope is wider.”

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Speaking about justice, Ahmadinejad pointed to the two issues of nepotism and economy, saying: “Regarding nepotism, we are now dealing with a family reign.  Under the Shah, the economy and private sector had more freedom. After the revolution, this was tightened under the pretext of fighting capitalism. People’s businesses were confiscated and placed at the disposal of government organs and organizations.”

Ahmadinejad also stressed that he has not changed in any way and is still the same Ahmadinejad of 1979 and 2005.

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