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Ahmadinejad Threatens 'Disclosures' And Warns Of 'Sinister Conspiracies'

Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) welcoming his close aide Hamid Baghaei just after his release from detention, July 26, 2017.

Former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, in a letter, has threatened to disclose the “cowardly scenario” leading to the arrest of his longtime aide, Hamid Baghaei, by “bands of power and wealth.”

The full text of his letter was published on July 31 on the website of his political movement, Government of Spring.

Ahmadinejad, without mentioning any names, adds in the letter that people with power and wealth have a sinister plan against the leading figures who served in his administration.

He goes on to accuse the judiciary that Baghaei’s arrest was the “first act of this scenario.”

The former president, who has defied the will of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and challenged the ruling elite, also rejects the accusations made by the Supreme Audit Court against him.

Parliament’s auditing body, with limited judicial powers, announced on July 30 that Ahmadinejad had been convicted of seven illegal instances of misuse of government funds during his presidency.

The website that published his letter writes that Ahmadinejad regards these accusations and Baghaei’s arrest as stemming from the same motives.

In the letter, Ahmadinejad threatens to fully disclose “a full version of the real story and the unethical conspiracies” hatched by his opponents.

Baghaei, who was released after a two-week detention, made shocking remarks during a welcome gathering of his supporters on July 26. He unleashed harsh attacks against the judiciary and at one point even said, “We know you’ll be overthrown soon.” Ahmadinejad stood next to Baghaei during these remarks.

The judiciary, which often acts willfully against opponents of the regime and even insider critics, is close to the supreme leader and is believed to be following his orders.