30 November, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile

mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato

e-mail this to a friend printable version

» 08/18/2009
Iran's new head of the judiciary says he will prosecute those who torture prisoners
Appointed by the supreme leader, Sadeq Lariani, brother of parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, is considered a close Khamenei ally and a possible conservative alternative to the president. A top revolutionary guard official wants Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi to be put on trial. A cleric calls for Karroubi to be punished with 80 lashes.

Beirut (AsiaNews) – Sadeq Larijani, new head of Iran's judiciary, said he would follow the guidelines laid down by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei against anyone involved in torturing prisoners. Appointed to the post by the supreme leader himself, the new head (pictured here between Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad) is the brother of parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, and is considered a close ally of Khamenei and a possible alternative to the Iranian president among conservatives.

His appointment appears to be a move by the supreme leader in his ongoing tug-of-war with President Ahmadinejad to counter the latter’s growing power based in the Pasdaran (revolutionary guards) and the Basij (revolutionary volunteers).

The head of Iran’s judiciary plays an important role in the country’s power structure. This is clearly evinced in recent developments.

On Sunday Yadollah Jvanai, a top Pasdaran official, said he wanted to see pro-reform leaders Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi put on trial for organising a “velvet revolution” against the regime. His call was published in Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, a fact that is significant.

Similarly, a prominent cleric, Ahmad Khatami, called on Monday for opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi to be whipped for failing to prove his claims that some protesters were raped or tortured in Evin and Kahrizak prisons, the latter closed on Khamenei’s orders. Islam prescribes “80 lashes” for such actions, the Kayhan newspaper quoted the cleric as saying.

For his part, during his swearing-in ceremony Sadeq Larijani warned anyone who might be tempted to use violence against prisoners that they would suffer consequences, thus backing somewhat reformist claims.

“Nobody should dare to make a ruling against the law or violate civil rights, and such persons (violators) should be aware that sooner or later they will be brought to justice, and in this important position I will not show leniency toward any of them,” state TV quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile pro-reform leaders are trying to take advantage of the conflict within the conservative camp by claiming that they are the true heirs to the ideals of the Islamic Republic.

Speaking at Sadeq Larijani’s inauguration ceremony, former President Rafsanjani warned against the consequences of "unjust" judicial decisions which could lead society “into chaos.”

Another pro-reform former president, Mohammad Khatami, said that “We are real protectors of the Islamic Republic, not those who showed in recent months that they are uprooting the republic and the Islamic nature of the establishment”. (PD)

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
12/28/2009 IRAN
Tehran unrest during Ashura leaves 15 dead
09/17/2010 IRAN
Mousavi headquarters raided in Tehran, computers seized
06/11/2009 IRAN
Iranian elections heat up as outcome remains uncertain
07/29/2009 IRAN
Under pressure, Ahmadinejad calls for the release of demonstrators in Tehran
07/02/2009 IRAN
Tehran steps up crackdown as protest continues

Editor's choices
Paris Massacre highlights the failure of Muslim integration in Europe
by Catherine FieldThe attack in the heart of France highlights the crisis of Europe’s model of coexistence. Social unrest, poverty and marginalisation feed youth extremism and radicalisation. A New Zealander journalist, expert on expertise in religion and interfaith dialogue, talks about it after undertaking a journey through the French Muslim world.
For Nîmes imam, Islam should not be held hostage by extremists
by Hochine DrouicheFrench imams condemn the Paris terrorist attacks and disassociate themselves from violence committed in "the name of our religion." At the same time, they ask Muslim communities to dare leading a life of dialogue and friendship with Europeans, without fear or arrogance. For centuries, Muslims have ruled out reason from their religious life. The vice president of French imams bears witness.
AsiaNews marks 12 years: Persecution and hope
by Bernardo CervelleraDespite a worldwide increase of ignorance, indifference and superficiality, many signs of love and hope resist even in the most gloomy situations: the Iraqi mother who gives birth to her child in a refugee camp and smiles even though she has nothing; the Indonesian Muslim mother who blesses her son who became a Christian and a priest; the Chinese Christian families that welcome children thrown away because of the one-child law.


Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.