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Iran: Judiciary takes up reform, appoints prosecutor general

Judiciary has adopted a key reform, appointing high-profile judge Saeed Mortazavi as the prosecutor general of public and revolutionary courts in Tehran in order to fend off criticism that the judge also acted as the prosecutor in trials, IRNA reported.

An informed official at the Judiciary told IRNA Tuesday that the head of Tehran Justice Department, Abbasali Alizadeh, had appointed Mortazavi 'following reforms in the law of general and revolutionary courts and revival of prosecutor offices'.

The new prosecutor general will officially assume office on May 18, the same day when prosecutor offices start functioning.

Saeed Mortazavi, the judge at Bench 1410 of the administrative court, is well-known for trying journalists on charges of publishing lies and instigating public opinion.

Since 1993, the post of prosecutor generals in Iranian courts have remained vacant, with Iranian judges also acting as prosecutors.

The last prosecutor of Tehran public court was Ali Younessi, who is currently Iran's intelligence minister. Tehran revolutionary court then was headed by Seyed Ebrahim Raeesi currently head of the State Inspectorate Organization.

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