Sunday, April 20, 2008

The morals of Iran's moral chief

As police chief in Tehran, Gen. Reza Zarei was responsible for ridding the streets of immorality. Bare ankles and mal-veiling was one of his pet peaves.

In fact, mal-veiling is so looked down upon in Iran, that a Friday prayer leader calls for criminal prosecution against "mal-veiling"

Alam-al-Hoda told the worshipers that it is a crime not wearing a proper Islamic dress and the security forces must prevent it at all costs.

"Mal-veiling is the root of many other criminal behaviors in the society," said he.
And of course, Mr. Morals himself, Gen Reza Zarei is doing his part;

Chief of SSF in Tehran Province, Brig. Gen. Reza Zarei said, "In improving the 'public security,' 1,410 individuals have been arrested."

"To improve the 'public security,' 113,454 individuals were stopped and advised [on how to properly dress] in the public. Out of those, 5,000 were just given oral warnings by the SSF agents and 1,690 others were summoned to courts for criminal investigation," said Zarei to the state-run news agency ISNA.
But, Mr. Moralness himself has been busted for being uh, immoral.
Iran: Tehran police chief arrested in brothel with six prostitutes
Tehran, 10 March (AKI) - Tehran's police chief, Reza Zarei, has been arrested after he was found nude in a local brothel with six naked prostitutes, according to report on the Iranian Farda News.

Farda News is a website said to be close to the mayor of Tehran and former chief of the police forces, Mohammed Bagher Qalibaf.

Following the raid, Zarei stepped down from his post as police chief. The news of his arrest however was not reported by any official Iranian news agency.

According to a popular Iranian website Gooya, the order to raid the brothel was given directly by Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, chief of the judicial authorities.

Before he was arrested, Zarei was in charge of the programme for the 'moralisation of the city'.

It is alleged that in the past six months, hundreds of young people have been arrested in Iran for not respecting the Islamic code of behaviour.

I guess he took his "strip searches" literally. Mr. Morality, indeed.


Anonymous said...

In a decent human society he would be made to apologize individually to each and every one of those women and men he and his thugs harrassed, terrorized, arrested and detained. All of them with their heads uncovered. Wearing whatever they damn well please. And him in a diaper. On his knees. With the six hookers supplying commentary. On live TV. No commercial breaks.

Christine said...


Anonymous said...

Another case of: "Do as I say, not as I do." Many of our own goment officials subscribe as well.