The Iranian regime’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed concern over the results of a UN-backed tribunal to investigate the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Preliminary findings have reportedly identified the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, as one of those responsible for the killing.

Two people will soon have their hands cut off in the northeastern city of Mashhad, according to the regime’s prosecutor in the city.

The state-run daily Khorasan quoted Mahmoud Zoqi on Thursday as saying, “The two hand amputation rulings will soon be implemented.”

The deputy commander of the regime’s State Security Forces (SSF) has announced special plans for 13 provinces in order to intimidate protestors and counter popular demonstrations against the regime.

Ahmad-Reza Radan also grudgingly added that last year’s uprisings prevented the SSF from carrying out many of its plans.

The Iranian regime’s Prisons Organization intends to step up pressures and inhumane treatment of political prisoners through the adoption of new regulations, the Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran has reported.

Prison rules are undergoing changes to incorporate extensive provisions allowing more inhumane treatment of the prisoners. The rules have been approved by Sadeq Larijani, the regime’s judiciary chief, who oversees the prison system.

In an editorial clearly targeting the faction of the regime’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a newspaper deemed to reflect the views of the mullahs’ former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has warned that Ahmadinejad’s actions have threatened the Iranian regime and if not stopped will bring the end of it.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian regime’s armed forces reacted with fear to the possibility of renewed popular protests and uprisings, warning that the regime will confront those who seek to “shatter the foundations” of the theocracy.

Hassan Firouzabadi revealed the existence of a new suppressive campaign dubbed “Social Transformation” in a speech to a number of senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Members of a religious minority in the city of Esfahan have succeeded in releasing one of their leaders from prison after waging a protest in front of the detention center, according to the BBC and other websites.

Sheikh Morteza Mahjoubi of the Nematollahi order was arrested along with 4 followers Sunday night during a violent raid at his residence in the central city of Esfahan.

A political prisoner on death row has been transferred from Oroumieh prison by the Iranian regime, apparently in anticipation of his hanging, Herana news agency reported on Sunday.

The clerical dictatorship has also sentenced a number of people and political activists arrested during the 2009 uprising to long-term prison sentences.

The deputy chief of the Iranian regime’s judiciary has admitted that there are many cases within the mullahs’ judiciary in which witnesses are bribed to testify falsely in court.

Hossein Karimi told the state-run Mehr news agency on Sunday in an interview that, “Some people are currently sitting around courts and agree to testify falsely in return for money.”

During the 2009 mass uprisings by the Iranian people, suppressive forces like the Bassij “came to the scene with all their might and did their utmost to protect” the regime, the head of the state-run TV and Radio, Ezatollah Zarghami, said on Saturday.

According to the state-run ISNA news agency, in referring to the regime’s suppression of the protests, Zarghami told the Bassij commander and officials during a ceremony, that, the Bassij “was even forced to use batons and sticks to counter [protests] in every street and alleyway.”