Rouhani administration spokesperson Mohammad Noubakht spoke to reporters today after a weekly cabinet meeting and commented on the controversy surrounding last week’s attack on political prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison. “A team on behalf of the government has been formed to investigate the recent events at Evin Prison, and after the necessary investigation, a report will be published,” explained Noubakht.
Following the announcement of the spokesperson for the Rouhani administration Mohammad Noubakht, conservative Tabnak News asks, “What would the (Rouhani) administration’s efforts be in investigating the incident at (Evin) prison? The article cites “a similar case but different situation” in which former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s press adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr was imprisoned for publishing material contrary to Islamic norms in September of 2012. Ahmadinejad and the current Head of the Judiciary Sadegh Larijani publicly feuded through an exchange of letters at the time.
Tasnim News Agency interviews the Chairman of the French Parliamentary Finance Committee Phillip Marini, who along with a French delegation are currently visiting Tehran. In the interview, Marini denies being connected to the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), and explains that he was present during a MEK rally in Paris because he was” invited there, as were other officials.” He also stated that “the window for (economic) trading with Iran isn’t open yet.”
Upon Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif’s return from a ministerial meeting of the Caspian Sea littoral states in Moscow, Reformist Shargh Daily published an article entitled, “Heirs to the Caspian,” which discusses why “after two decades of efforts in trying to determine a final legal status, there still is no result in a final agreement.” The article provides a brief history of the legal status of the Caspian Sea before and after the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as the Caspian’s valuable natural resources.
While speaking to a group of medical doctors, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said, “The current political atmosphere is being influenced by partisanship; the political atmosphere needs to return to (our) revolutionary values.”
AP reports that Helmut Oertmann, the CEO and owner of Hetran Inc., which manufactures steel-processing equipment and is based in Pennsylvania, “has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm.”
ECONOMY & ENERGY
According to Iran’s Ministry of Oil, amid energy subsidy reforms, new prices for gasoline will be announced tomorrow. Reports indicate prices will increase.
With expectations of an imminent fuel increase, Fars News Agency published a number of cartoons regarding the topic including an illustration of a homeowner hording fuel in his home before the fuel increase kicks in, an automobile who is having reoccurring nightmares that his owner will get rid of him amid reports of higher prices for gasoline, as well as an exhausted automobile dreaming of fuel subsidies.
Director of Legal and International affairs at Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, Mohammad Saeed Sharafi announced that Iran and India plan on developing a number of bilateral aviation ties such as “commercial flights, tourism exchanges, and aerospace engineering.”
Reuters News reports India is planning to “pay Iran $1.65 billion dollars over the next three months” as stated under an interim Geneva nuclear deal (JPA). According to Reuters, Iran will have access to the next two installments of “$550 million dollars each, which are due on May 14 and June 17. The final $550 million installment, due on July 20, is contingent on confirmation that Iran has fulfilled all of its commitment.”
President Hassan Rouhani meets with the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkevics.
Operations at a waste management and recycling center in Iran.
The Food and Drug Administration holds an event for 600 students at Tehran’s Milad Tower.