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Iran: IRGC insider close to Khamenei arrested

Hassan Abbasi, a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)
Hassan Abbasi, a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK



Iran, August 17, 2019 - The arrest of Hassan Abbasi, a member of the Iranian regime’s terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and a leading figure in the mullahs’ plainclothes forces apparatus, is another indication of internal disputes flaring into a major crisis. Abbasi was arrested for his remarks about Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi.

The Fars news agency, linked to the IRGC, posted a report on Abbasi’s arrest on August 4. “Hassan Abbasi’s remarks, scheduled for 4 pm today in the first sessions of law training school, was cancelled due to his apprehension,” the report reads in part.

The Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) issued a statement on August 14 saying Abbasi was arrested based on a complaint filed by the MOIS.

Abbasi’s remarks on January 1, 2018, had raised many eyebrows among Iranian regime officials.

“The son of a certain launched a so-called news website and he is busy ridiculing our entire state. Of course, when it comes to the Intelligence Minister, it praises him with the utmost respect. To this day the Intelligence Minister has not answered our questions on why this (foul language) son of an Oil Ministry official praises the Intelligence Minister to such an extent. Obviously, we have the right to become suspicious and raise speculations that the MOIS is behind this so-called news website. If not, the kid would have at least voiced a few slander terms against the Intelligence Minister like everyone else,” he said.