Radan Replaces Ahmadi-Moghaddam
An informed official in Iran’s policeforce revealed the promotion of Tehran Police Chief Ahmad Reza Radan. According to this source, Radan is now promoted to be the deputy chief of the National Security Forces.
Although several news sources including the news website "Asr-e Iran" in recent days had predicted that Tehran’s Police Chief would be replaced, but unlike their prediction which associated the change to Ahmad Reza Radan's insistence on the implementation of plans to boost public security (very severe punishment of thugs in the public), it was later revealed that Ahmad Reza Radan is not only not demoted, but is actually promoted for "successful implementation of his duties" to serve as deputy chief of the national security forces.
General Mehdi Ahmadi, the communications director of the State Security Forces, told the Fars news agency yesterday that effective Monday, Ahmad Reza Radan would replace General Zolfaghari as deputy chief of the State Security Forces and General Azizollah Rajabzadeh would replace Radan as the Tehran Police Chief.
This police official did not reveal the details of personnel changes but noted that "General Zolfaghari is attending university to continue his education" and for that reason Radan is replacing him.
Radan is among the members of the joint committee established by the police and judiciary. Following several altercations that took place at the gas pumps in response to rising gas prices, Radan, along with Tehran's Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi, unveiled a plan to boos public security in Tehran and several provinces on the basis of which many suspected individuals have been sentenced to prison time or execution in recent months without due process. In the latest round of such executions, 29 individuals were executed in Iran during one day last June.