For the first time in the history of the Iranian cleric government a prominent cleric called for the ouster of Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.A group of former reformist lawmakers appealed to the Assembly of Experts to investigate the qualifications of Khamenei as to whether he still remains qualified to be in charge of Iran. The letter breaks a taboo among Iran’s political leaders of avoiding any criticism or challenge to the rule of Khamenei. The letter terms current trials a “Stalinesque court” and claims those arrested were tortured and abused by jailers. The former lawmakers “demand a legal probe on the basis of Article 111 of the Constitution which is a responsibility of the Experts Assembly. It noted that if the supreme leader “becomes incapable of fulfilling his constitutional duties” he should be dismissed.
Reports from reformer members of parliament charge while young men and women were in jail they were raped and forced to crawl while naked on the floor while being ridden by jailers. Naturally, those in power are gathering together to deny charges and there are rumblings of new arrests of clerics who oppose Khamenei and election results. All signs indicate the current leadership will win a first round and refuse to allow any investigations, but the entire episode has created a huge gap between educated youth and rulers of the nation.