Will Ahmadinejad skip his court date tomorrow, again?

5 Jan

Ahmadinejad has a date tomorrow, with a court in Tehran. 

The reason? To answer charges against him from his time as president.

He already skipped one court appearance in late November 2013. It remains to be seen whether he will turn up tomorrow.

The question is: will he be arrested if does not turn up again?

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei who is the prosecutor general of Iran stated that during the previous date set for his appearance, not only Ahmadinejad did not turn up, he also did not send his lawyer. Ejei went on to say that in cases where the accused does not turn up, the court in his absence could issue a decision.

Whether the court issues a decision against Ahmadinejad depends more on Iranian politics than on Iranian law. It’s up to the supreme leader to decide whether its worth the headache of sending Ahmadinejad to jail or to even find him guilty. In a perfect world, I don’t think he would want to do that, as Ahmadinejad during his first five years was almost like a son to Khamenei.

But after their public falling out in 2011, Ahmadinejad’s behavior made it increasingly difficult for the supreme leader to defend him.

For now, Ahmadinejad’s allies are increasingly being harassed by the regime’s legal system.  Lets see what happens tomorrow. There are many people in Iran, perhaps more than outside of Iran who would love to see Ahmadinejad put away.

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