Head of Presidential Inspections Office:
While, following the resignation of Davoud Ahmadinejad, the president’s older brother, from the President’s Inspections Office, media networks announced “physical ailments and doctors’ recommendations” for the resignation, Davoud Ahmadinejad flatly denied such remarks and, as he has noted in several private gatherings, he was removed for his disagreements with a number of ninth administration officials.
Hajj Davoud Ahmadinejad, appointed in September 2005 by his brother president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as his advisor and special inspector, resigned from his post in August 2008. Official news outlets IRNA and Fars news agencies announced that he had resigned due to medical problems. Yesterday, however, the news website Jahan News, which is affiliated with the hardline ideologues known as Principalists and run by Tehran lawmaker Zakani, published a report about the president’s brother which contained new information on the resignation. According to Jahan News, Davoud Ahmadinejad has been accused by some for revealing information against Majlis representative Kordan during a Majlis vote of confidence session.
According to Jahan News, while it was speculated that Davoud Ahmadinejad’s departure from the President’s Inspector Office was related to disagreements over Kordan and Mashai, Davoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks in a private gathering demonstrate this point. According to this report, Davoud Ahmadinejad recently said regarding his departure, “I have no place in a government that has Kordan and Mashai.”
Revealing Information against Kordan
Coinciding with the president’s announcement of three ministers presented to the Majlis for confirmation, when lawmakers checked their mailboxes on Tuesday, August 5th 2008 they were confronted by new information about the cabinet minister provided in a 7-page letter.
In the letter, evidence was presented showing that Ali Kordan declared his agreement in return for compensation for presenting his forged doctoral degree while serving as the state radio and television network’s vice president in the final years of the 1990s. The 7-page letter also discussed Kordan’s managerial violations. The final page of the letter contained an arrest slip dating back to 1979 written to Sari’s head of prisons, according to which Ali Kordan, son of Kamal, had been issued an arrest warrant “until further notice” on the charge of deflowering a young girl.”
Minutes later the Majlis voting session began and, as expected, lawmakers who were previously acquainted with Kordan, could not remain indifferent after reading the letter. That is why most of the disagreements revolved around Kordan. Ali Mottahari, the son of the late distinguished ayatollah Mottahari, denounced Kordan and referred to his “ethical corruption.” Ruhollah Hosseinian raised doubts (using evidence cited in the letter) about the authenticity of Kordan’s degree. Nevertheless, referring an anecdote from ayatollah Khamenei in support of the proposed ministers, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was able to change the minds of lawmakers. Finally, Kordan was approved as interior minister but with lower votes than the other two ministers. Lawmakers and those in Majlis leadership, however, were discussing the letter further into the night. Reporters became aware of the letter’s existence after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the perpetrators to be caught and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani promised to investigate the issue until results were reached.