If he chose, genuinely to decide on an impartial basis

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"He was seeking redress from someone who appeared formally to be in the position of an impartial arbiter, but in reality was one of his opponents in the dispute, and at bottom was keen to see Khatami’s project fail (as with Bazargan and Khomeini in 1979, only more so, because Khomeini had always been in a stronger position than Khamenei, and therefore had the freedom, if he chose, genuinely to decide on an impartial basis).

I couldn't understand the emphasized phrase, what does that mean?

The source: Revolutionary Iran by Michael Axworthy.
  • Franco-filly

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    English - Southern England
    As I understand it, "if he chose" refers to his "having the freedom" i.e if he chose to use that freedom/privelege he could genuinely have made an impartial decision.
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