This is while Baghaei himself had earlier accepted that in the final days of Ahmadinejad’s second administration, on Aug. 3, 2013, he had withdrawn some $4.8 million from government funds to assist Ahmadinejad’s project to establish a university. It should be noted that this sum was later returned to the treasury upon being pursued by the government of President Hassan Rouhani.
Corruption allegations against Ahmadinejad’s allies continue to grow, with more revelations of wrongdoing dating to Ahmadinejad’s eight years as president being released. But as always, the former president continues to play offense, throwing the ball into his rivals’ court.
In his latest endeavor, Ahmadinejad on Nov. 28 wrote an open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in which Ahmadinejad criticized Rouhani and his government. Ahmadinejad also argued that Iranian society was not in a favorable situation and that ordinary citizens had expressed their dissatisfaction following face-to-face meetings with Rouhani, adding that people had lost faith in the judiciary.
Ultimately, Ahmadinejad’s political maneuvers should come as no surprise. To him, the game is the same. Only the players have changed. The Rafsanjanis of yesterday have simply turned into the Larijanis.