Iran blocks website of former president Rafsanjani
By Rizwan Khatik - Fri Dec 30, 2:04 pm
Mohammad Hashemi, Rafsanjani’s younger brother, told the semiofficial ISNA news agency Friday that a company providing services to the site told Rafsanjani’s office that it was ordered to cut it off.
Just minutes after the contact the website www.hashemirafsanjani.ir was inaccessible, Hashemi said.
Hashemi added that it was unclear which state body ordered the move. He said he would follow up the case.
Over 5 million websites are reportedly blocked in Iran but Iranians use proxy software and virtual private networks (VPN) to access them.
Rafsanjani’s website however appears to be unaccessible via VPN.
Rafsanjani, president from 1989 to 1997, has been one of the main architects of Iran’s Islamic system.
In 2009 the moderate cleric refused to acknowledge Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in the presidential vote, which was criticized for election fraud.
Rafsanjani was in the summer of 2009 removed as leader of Friday prayers in Tehran and in March this year he lost his position as head of the Experts Assembly, a prestigious clerical body.
Rafsanjani currently holds only the chairmanship of the Expediency Council, an arbitration body for settling legislative disputes.
The website of former president Mohammad Khatami, who is also a critic of Ahmadinejad, has not yet been blocked.