Instead of denouncing the violence perpetrated by a mullah, the clerical regime’s prosecutor announced their intention to find and punish whoever shot the footage and posted it on social media.
On Saturday, July 22, a video clip went viral, depicting a mullah brutalizing a woman who had protested against his trespassing at her house in Sheshlou village, located in Gilan, northern Iran. The mullah in question was identified as Seifollah Gohari, the head of the political-ideological bureau and a Friday prayer leader in a government agency in Langrood.
The Iranian official media reported that the battered woman was the mullah’s sister-in-law in a bid to downplay the mullah’s violence against a defenseless woman. His case was referred to the Special Court of the Clergy for examination.
However, the media quoted the prosecutor of Langrood, Seyyed Hashem Mir-Hosseini, stating that they would diligently pursue, identify, and take serious action against the person(s) responsible for posting the video on social media. (The state-run Entekhab.ir, July 23, 2023)
The clerical regime consistently prosecutes and punishes individuals who post videos revealing the regime’s oppressive measures. They have enacted laws that criminalize the publication of material that disturbs public opinion, significantly if it exposes the truth about the mullahs’ conduct. Anyone found guilty of doing so would face arrest and punishment.
For instance, during the poisoning of schoolgirls throughout the country, individuals who filmed and shared evidence on social media or revealed any clues were identified and imprisoned.
In this way, the clerical regime seeks to cover up the corruption plaguing the regime and fend off public outrage.