Iran judge urges arrests decision
27-Jul-2009 (one comment)

The head of Iran's judiciary has ordered a decision within a week on the fate of prisoners arrested after disputed elections, Iranian media say. A spokesman for the judiciary chief, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, also said some prisoners should be freed, the Mehr news agency reported. The spokesman, Ali Reza Jamshidi, said about 300 people remained behind bars. Meanwhile, an opposition leader has called for people to attend a ceremony for victims of post-election violence. Mir Hossein Mousavi, a defeated candidate who has accused the authorities of electoral fraud, made the appeal on his website. Mr Mousavi and another moderate, defeated candidate, Mehdi Karoubi, said on Sunday they had applied for a permit to hold the commemoration on Thursday at Tehran's "Grand Mosala", a site of prayer that can hold tens of thousands of people. "The pro-reform path will continue," Mr Mousavi said in his statement. "The killings and arrests are a catastrophe, people will not forgive those behind such crimes." Mr Mousavi said Thursday's ceremony would be used only for mourning and the recital of the Koran, saying no speech was planned.

Javad Yassari

Too little, too late, you imbecile!

by Javad Yassari on

What planet does Shahroudi live on, I wonder. Iranian judiciary is a joke on any ordinary day, but this freak's silence over the past 40 days is a black and ugly mark on his horrible tenure as head of Iranian Judiciary for the past decade.  During this man's tenure, we have seen Saeed Mortazavi's promotion through the ranks and complete takeover of the law through every conceivable illegal act.  Where has this man been while Iranian youth have been arrested, tortured, and murdered?  While families of murdered kids were told not to hold memorial services for them and the murderers have been walking the streets, posing to kill more?  Ayatollah Shahroudi is a shame to humanity and he would do well to keep his silence during the last few days of his term.  I hope I will see him in "court" one day.