Iran News Round Up

The Interior Ministry confirmed that the 2017 presidential elections will be held on May 19, nearly a month earlier than originally planned.
The Iranian representative of Bahraini Shia cleric Ayatollah Isa Qassim warned that any action against Qassim or his supporters by the Bahraini government will prompt “killing and bloodshed” in a statement ahead of Qassim’s trial.
Judiciary Spokesman Hojjat ol Eslam Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei confirmed the arrest of an Iranian-American man several days after U.S. news agencies reported that Iran had arrested a San Diego resident.
Friday prayer leaders denounced the attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but criticized Turkey’s continued support for opposition groups in Syria.
IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari blamed regional countries for fomenting unrest in Iran while security forces arrested forty alleged terrorists in the eastern part of the country.
IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned that “some politicians” are implicated in the case against the former head of Bank Mellat, whom the IRGC Intelligence Organization arrested on corruption charges on July 19.
The IRGC Intelligence Organization arrested the former head of Bank Mellat and one of his deputies due to their “extensive involvement in an organized banking scam.”
Senior Iranian officials criticized the attempted coup against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as undemocratic.
President Hassan Rouhani reportedly called an emergency meeting of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) following news of a military coup in Turkey.
Pro-Rouhani officials praised the nuclear deal on the occasion of its one-year anniversary.