Iran’s judiciary is initiating proceedings against former chief of Law Enforcement Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam for “defamation”.

Ahmadi Moghaddam

Ahmadi Moghaddam

A spokesman for the judiciary said on Sunday June 14: “Ahmadi Moghaddam has to be held accountable for his statements. If his statements are true, he needs to prove it, and if not, be prosecuted for defaming the judiciary.”

On a TV program last week, Ahmadi Moghaddam spoke about the corruption investigation of the Police Co-op Fund saying he has not only been threatened by “powerful people behind the scenes” but also that the judge in the matter was replaced due to the influence of money.

The judiciary announced that it will not let these statements pass and will definitely summon the people involved to prove their allegations.

In May, the Kaleme website wrote that Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam was dismissed from his position as chief of police because of the corruption charges under investigation in the Police Co-op Fund.

In March of this year, Hossein Ashtaria was appointed as the new head of law enforcement in Iran by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, replacing Ahmadi Moghaddam.

Last week, a police spokesman announced that a number of people have been arrested in connection with the corruption charges in the Co-op Fund.