Yadollah Javani is a Brigadier and the head of the political bureau of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution or Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the powerful and influential branch of Iran's military, founded after the Iranian revolution. Javani has been notable for his firm stand against protests following the 2009 Iranian presidential election, stating in early July 2009 that one Iranians can remain impartial, "there are two currents; those who defend and support the revolution and the establishment, and those who are trying to topple it," and that “we came up against a deep mischief during this election. ... Now the eye of the mischief must be blinded completely and gouged out.” Before the election Javani had stated that a "velvet revolution" would be `quashed before it is born.` Javani has attacked opposition leaders, who claimed the election was fraudulent, of causing the unrest as well as killing civilians in the Basij forces. "In this election, for the first time, certain candidates claimed fraud and by causing unrest killed and injured many including 8 members of the Basij." According to outlookseries.com, the official Iranian IRNA news agency reports that Javani has called for the prosecution of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Moussavi, former President Mohammed Khatami, and defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, for inciting violence.