TEHRAN -Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was on Monday summonsed to appear before the criminal court following a complaint lodged by parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, the government website announced.
The summons orders Ahmadinejad to appear before the court on November 26, website Dolat.ir said. It said the case arises from "a complaint lodged by Mr Ali Larijani" as well as by a parliamentary commission. "The charge is not specified in the notice," the statement said, without elaborating. Relations between government and parliament soured during the final phase of Ahmadinejad's eight-year presidency, with bad blood between the two branches spilling into the open in February over the impeachment of a minister.
During the session, squabbling broke out in which Ahmadinejad and Larijani got into verbal fight.
Meanwhile, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia congratulated moderate cleric Hassan Rohani on winning Iran's presidential election, hailing what he described as Rohani's wish to improve relations between the two countries, rivals for influence in the oil-rich Gulf.
The official Saudi Press Agency reported late on Sunday that the king had sent a cable of congratulations wishing Rohani "permanent good health and happiness and the people of Iran steady progress and prosperity."
It added: "The King lauded Rohani's statements on his keenness to cooperate and improve relations between the two countries."
Rohani scored a surprising landslide victory over conservative hardliners in Friday's poll, and will take up the presidency, the highest elected office in Iran's hybrid clerical-republican system, in August.
He succeeds Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Critics have said Ahmadinejad's eight years in office were marked by belligerence and repression. Rohani has said he wants to rehabilitate Iran's foreign relations.
Although Rohani, who was Iran's chief nuclear negotiator from 2003-2005, publicly criticized Ahmadinejad for his confrontational approach to the West, the cleric has made clear he is committed to Iran maintaining its atomic program.
World powers suspect Tehran may be seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Iran denies the accusation.
Among other sources of tension, the Sunni Muslim kingdom accuses the Islamic Republic of stirring unrest among minority Saudi Shi'ites. Tehran rejects that charge.
Saudi Arabia also accuses Iran of fomenting unrest in Sunni-ruled Bahrain, where majority Shi'ites have led pro-democracy protests. Iran denies this.