Commander Zarei’s Arrest is Confirmed -
According to a report published in the newsletter of Amir Kabir University, the reason for the removal of commander Reza Zarei has been the discovery of the sex scandal surrounding him, as the rumors in Tehran had been circulating for a week. Zarei had been appointed to become Tehran’s police chief when the Ahmadinejad administration came into office and on the recommendation of the President’s in law commander Ahmad Moghadam the former police chief.
Police chief Zarei, which is the second highest commander in the force, was arrested while in the presence of six prostitutes in a very vulgar scene in a house.
According to the Amir Kabir University newsletter, this arrest took place under the direct orders of the chief of the judiciary ayatollah Hashemi Shahrudi and out of fear that the close relationship between Zarei and Saeed Mortezavi Tehran’s chief prosecutor could have prevented the arrest. So the issue was followed up outside the normal Tehran judiciary channels and the head of the judiciary personally pursued the issue and ordered the arrest.
News reports from Tehran indicate that the head of the judiciary insists on a heavy sentence and punishment against Zarei while the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic too has called for the full implementation of the law in this regard. In this regard, the office of the leader has asked that the prosecution should take place after the elections and in a quiet manner.
What has made this arrest a major issue is that Zarei has been personally involved in the execution of the policy to harshly confront urban criminals and those involved in corruption cases which have led to violent confrontations of the police ending in the arrest of individuals.