Did Rouhani Ban Film about Jailed Iranian-American Businessman?

Meanwhile, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi (pictured), who was summoned to parliament over several matters, including Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis’ recent trip to Iran, said Oct. 25, “The Intelligence Ministry pays close attention to the ‘infiltration’ issue. … But we should note that using the issue of the enemy ‘infiltration’ as a tool in the service of political interests is disloyalty to the warnings of [Supreme] Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], and it will be problematic while we want to deal with it.” He emphasized, “Closing the gates of the country is not necessary to counter infiltration, just as the way to [counter] the infiltration of insects in one’s home is not through depriving [oneself] from the spring weather and closing one’s windows.”

In response, hard-line parliament member Javad Karimi-Ghodousi said, “Infiltration means the evil network of Siamak Namazi, who had been promoted to advising the hegemonic [US] system. His father was a member of the [exiled Pahlavi] royal family and pursued the project of restricting the [current young] generation in Iran [from having children]. Siamak Namazi was responsible for this project.”

In another sign of pushback from the Rouhani administration, the intelligence minister apparently cleared Abdol Rasul Dori Esfahani — a member of the nuclear negotiating team of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif — of espionage allegations. Dori Esfahani had been arrested in August and was described by some hard-liners as an “infiltrating spy.” Deputy parliament Speaker Masoud Pezeshkian said, “According to the views of the Intelligence Ministry’s experts, Mr. Dori Esfahani was not engaged in spying.”

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