Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boarded a plane today for a planned summit in Cairo, hours after police arrested his former prosecutor general, deepening political rifts in the country ahead of June elections.
“It’s an ugly thing to do and I will certainly follow up on it when I return,” Ahmadinejad said before leaving on his two-day trip, according to the official IRNA new agency.
Former Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi was arrested on unspecified charges last night, according to the Tehran judiciary’s website. He was suspended in 2010 after the deaths of three men arrested during the country’s protests that followed the contested 2009 election.
Ahmadinejad on Feb. 3 sparred with Speaker Ali Larijani in parliament, trading accusations of wrongdoing and improper conduct, in the latest attacks on the president who can’t run for a third term. The head of the country’s judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, is the parliamentary speaker’s brother.
Ahmadinejad will attend an Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo, marking the first first trip there by an Iranian president since Iran’s 1979 revolution.
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