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Iran's Parliament empowers president to stop court proceedings

Iran's Parliament on Sunday passed a legislation empowering the president to stop implementation of a verdict or legal proceedings at the court of justice whenever he deems them to be contrary to constitutional provisions, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The legislation envisaged that the president would demand the Supreme Court to stop prosecution.

According to the legislation, the president would forward his demand to a special panel at the Supreme Court comprising of three senior judges appointed by the Judiciary chief.

The president's demand to stop the implementation a verdict or a court proceedings will be studied by three lawyers on behalf of the parliament and three lawyers on behalf of the cabinet ministers.

The six lawyers will confirm to the special panel at the Supreme Court that they agree to the president's demand to put an end to a special case at the court of justice.

The legislation made at the request of the president empowers the chief executive to safeguard the constitutional rights of citizens.

Performance of the Judiciary in the past proved lack of respect for the constitutional rights of citizens causing concern for the president who has undertaken the mandate to promote the rights of the people enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic.

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