Friday, December 17, 2010
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Iranian MPs want opposition leaders prosecuted

In a letter to Sadegh Larijani, head of Iranian judiciary, 175 Iranian Members of Parliament called for speeding up judicial actions against opposition leaders.

Iranian Labour News Agency reports that the letter expresses dismay over delay in putting the “heads of sedition” on trial.

The lawmakers condemn the recent court summoning of managing directors of conservative publications such as Keyhan, Vatan Emrooz, Iran, Fars news agency and IRNA implying that these news outlets have been merely carrying out their Revolutionary duty in the post election event.

A lawsuit for libel has been filed against these managing directors by opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi, Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi and the attorneys of women’s rights activist, Shadi Sadr and detained journalist, Emaddedin Baghi.

The letter goes on to say that the lawsuit against the state media is an effort to “resuscitate the seditious movement,” and the complaints of the opponents of the government “have no place in the Islamic Republic’s judiciary.”

The MPs acknowledge that the judiciary is acting in “good faith” by trying to process such lawsuits but maintain that they have probably failed to recognize the matters that the letter points out.

They warn the head of the judiciary: “We fear that the Anti-Revolutionary organizations may also shamelessly call on the judiciary for the prosecution of the judges and court managers that have sentenced them.”

The MPs also slam what they referred to as the “shameless protests” of opposition leader, MirHosein Mousavi against the execution of the five political prisoners last Sunday in Tehran.

Last week MirHosein Mousavi issued a statement to condemn the “unjust” hanging of five political prisoners who were executed in Tehran without even proper notification to their lawyers and families.

Tehran Prosecutor General also reacted to MirHosein Mousavi’s announcement by calling it a “criminal” statement which will be used against him when the judiciary decides it is time to prosecute him.

Earlier 140 MPs filed a complaint against MirHosein Mousavi with the judiciary.

Attacks against the former Prime Minister of Iran have increased as he becomes more and more critical of Islamic Republic violent policies against political dissidents.

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