Senior Revolutionary Guards officer Yadollah Javani has accused former president Mohammad Khatami of taking part in a “seditious movement” related to the 2009 presidential election.
The Islamic Republic establishment contends that those who challenged the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were engaged in a seditious movement aimed at regime change.
Javani told the Neday-e Enghelab website that Khatami is one of the “leaders of the 2009 sedition” who has been working against the regime alongside MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.
Mousavi and Karroubi, who ran against Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential election, have been under house arrest since February and completely cut off from the outside world, along with their wives.
Javani stressed: “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) will stand against any movement that threatens the Revolution and the regime.”
Criticism of Mohammad Khatami and Iranian reformists has intensified with the approach of the parliamentary elections set for next March.
Last week, the head of the IRGC, General Mohammad Ali Jaffari, said Khatami had not “emerged from the seditious movement of 2009 with flying colours” and had failed to distance himself from the so-called sedition leaders.
The reformists have condemned such statements, insisting that Iran’s constitution forbids political interference by the military.