Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the Secretary-General of the Combatant Clergy Association, said that Iran’s welfare was better than Europe’s.
“Today, our people are better off than Europe in terms of welfare,” the cleric said during a meeting on May 15.
“Iran’s poverty is not out of hunger. It is rather a deficiency of welfare and desirable employment because expectations are based on new demands,” the former Interior Minister added.
What he means by these ludicrous remarks is that Iranians have high expectations and since their expectations are not met, they feel poor and deprived.
One would think that as a former Minister of Interior (2005- 2008) and the former head of Iran’s general inspectorate office, Pourmohammadi would have access to the latest figures on poverty and well-being in the country. This would include reports by other regime officials that say that around 80% of the Iranian population live below the poverty line.
Iran is facing a dire economic crisis. Workers are paid very meager wages and many have months of overdue wages. These conditions have forced workers to express their grievances on the streets with strikes and protests. However, instead of tending to their grievances, the regime has cracked down on laborers and all street protests.
According to labor activists, the minimum wage that workers are paid is half of the official line of poverty. This means that if we consider that the line of poverty for a family of four in Tehran is around 4 million tomans (around 260 USD), the minimum wage offered to workers – 1.8 million tomans (around 117 USD) – is actually two million less than the line of poverty.
Given his remarks, Pourmohammadi should be asked how he reached the conclusion that Iranians were faring better than Europeans. It would seem that his remarks and analysis on the economy are similar to his claims and remarks on the meaning of justice.
Pourmohammadi’s brand of “justice”
When Mostafa Pourmohammadi was designated by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani as the Minister of Justice in 2013, he said that he had come to the Minister “to promote justice”.
In 1988, the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Khomeini, entrust the decision of whether or not to execute political prisoners languishing in Iran’s jails to “death committees” – three-member panels consisting of an Islamic judge, a representative of the Ministry of Intelligence, and a state prosecutor.
Pourmohammadi, was a member of Tehran’s Committee.
According to Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, he was “the representative of the Ministry of Intelligence in charge of questioning prisoners in Evin Prison” during the massacre.
Montazeri saw Pourmohammadi as being “a central figure” in the mass executions of prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the MEK, in Tehran.
In 2016, Mohammadi said that he was “proud to have carried out God’s commandment concerning the People’s Mojahedin of Iran”.
“I am at peace and have not lost any sleep all these years because I acted in accordance with law and Islam,” he said.