Former Iranian nuclear negotiator banned from work

Former Iranian nuclear negotiator Hossein Moussavian has been banned from working at the country’s think-tank Strategic Research Centre, Fars news agency said Wednesday.

Former Iranian nuclear negotiator banned from work
Former Iranian nuclear negotiator Hossein Moussavian has been banned from working at the country’s think-tank Strategic Research Centre, Fars news agency said Wednesday.

An intelligence service official told Fars that Moussavian was not even allowed to enter the centre, let alone pursue his work there.

Moussavian was arrested last May on charges of ‘connections to foreign elements and transfer of information to them’ but released a few days later from the Evin prison in northern Tehran on bail of more than 200,000 dollars.

During the second term of Mohammed Khatami’s presidency (2001- 2005), Moussavian was the number two man in Iran’s National Security Council - the main body in charge for nuclear negotiations - after Hassan Rowhani, predecessor of current chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.

Following the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in August 2005, Moussavian went to the Strategic Research Centre, an Iranian think-tank close to the country’s reformist-moderate opposition and headed by Rowhani.

The centre itself described Moussavian’s arrest as politically motivated.

Intelligence service chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejehi said last month if the charges were proven, Moussavian could be sentenced to a 10-year jail term.

There was speculation within local political circles that his detention is part of an internal power struggle between the factions close to Ahmadinejad and the opposition coalition led by ex-presidents Khatami and Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani.

DPA

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