Campaign for Rouhani's trial gains momentum in Iran

Campaign for Rouhani's trial gains momentum in Iran
1 min read
05 September, 2021
More politicians and citizens in Iran are calling for the trial of the former president, accused of being involved in a number of corruption charges.
'Rouhani Trial' has gone viral on the internet [Getty]

Calls for former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to be tried over a number of allegations are gaining momentum in Iran.

The campaign against the two-time president began after his government banned a television spy thriller series, which portrayed top government officials in the country as corrupt, angering Iranians.

People have been using the hashtag #Rouhani_Trial on Twitter – accessed via VPN for most social media apps – for his alleged financial, security and political corruption and cover up of wrongdoings in government.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – who made bombshell allegations this year on a number of internal issues – has also joined the campaign against Rouhani, calling on the judiciary to prosecute him and his cabinet ministers.

The Iranian parliament, held by a conservative majority, filed complaints against the former head of state back in April.

An Iranian lawmaker had accused Rouhani last year of ordering the transfer of more than $30 billion through smugglers into Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region in 2017.

He claimed that he also sent 80 tons of gold to the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah.

Rouhani, considered a moderate, was succeeded by hardliner Ebrahim Raisi in August this year.