Legal Scholar Blasts Judiciary Chief
06 Aug 2009 01:49
[TEHRAN BUREAU] Source: Salaam News The following are extracts from an open letter to Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi, written by Dr. Ayatollah Mostafa Mohaqeq-Damad, a professor of jurisprudence, law and philosophy. The prominent scholar criticizes the performance of the judicial branch.
"During recent events, you could have had blameworthy officials, regardless of their position, tried by proficient judges well-versed in the law; but you have not done so, even in the twilight days of your term."
"It is shocking to see certain interim Friday Prayer leaders direct the judiciary branch to resort to violence or to express pride in the 'extraction of confessions' on the one hand, and on the other, to have the chief executive urge the judiciary to Islamic compassion and human magnanimity."
"At least alongside this extension of humanitarian words of wisdom, would it not have been better for the president to legally reprimand his Interior Minister [Sadeq Mahsouli] and hand him over to the judiciary [for prosecution]?"
"How could a minister, under whose supervision, such shameful events have taken place not be held accountable? Is this not the result of your negligence in taking legal action?"
"Under the country's laws, all prisons must be under the supervision of the judiciary and this responsibility has been handed to this branch [judiciary].
"Would it not have been better for you to have ordered the inspection of the Kahrizak detention center and its closure upon finding its conditions substandard before the Supreme Leader stepped in and issued an order for its closure?"
"I heard from a reliable source that one of the sources of emulation who is following the trials on Iranian TV from afar has told that source it's better not to broadcast these trials, which are a disgrace to the Islamic legal system."
Photo: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, bottom left, embraces judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, during the swearing-in ceremony for his second term, as parliament speaker Ali Larijani, above, looks on, in an open session of parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. He pledged to protect the constitution and frontiers of Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)