The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard all but admitted Tuesday that his elite military branch is overseeing the country's domestic politics, shutting both the country's reformists and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's confidantes out of power.
Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari also opined on the country's foreign policy objectives in an interview with the semi-official Mehr News Agency [link in Persian] and admitted that the Revolutionary Guard was heavily involved in Iran's energy sector.
In the extraordinary interview conducted Monday, Jafari outlined the muscular role the ideologically driven Revolutionary Guard, or IRGC, sees for itself in policing Iran's political elite, especially after the arrests of key figures around Ahmadinejad, described contemptuously as "the deviant current" by Iranian hard-liners.
"Since the IRGC serves as law officer of the judiciary and since the deviant current's case has special complications, the IRGC arrested and detained these people based on a recommendation by the judiciary," Jafari was quoted as saying. "These people have not committed security crimes; however, they have committed economic and moral offenses. The people that have been arrested had close ties with main figures of the current."