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7/10/03

Iran: IIPF voices alarm about interference of other organs in judicial proceedings

Secretary General of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) Mohammad Reza Khatami on Wednesday expressed concern about interference of other organs in the judicial proceedings against the defendants under arrest for political charges, IRNA reported from Tehran.

In an open letter to President Mohammad Khatami, he said that other organs working in parallel with the Information Ministry are putting pressure on the defendants to elicit the confession they need as feedstock for their political agenda.

They publish some pre-arranged confessions got through unlawful procedure from the defendants just for propaganda campaign against political rivals, The letter said.

He called on the president to stop the unlawful practice against the defendants under arrest for political charges and said that according to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, other organs working in parallel with the Information Ministry are not authorized to meddle in the affairs of the political activists. This is something unlawful and must stop, he said.

"Such unlawful practice will lead to political and social chaos," the letter said urging the president to press ahead with his agenda obliging every single organ to respect the Constitution.

He said that the government and the parliament have already expressed concern about such practices, but, it seems that lack of a strong resolve has been the reason for the continued unlawful treatment of those under arrest.

Mohammad Reza Khatami said that Article 38 of the Constitution bans torture in order to elicit confession, or obliging the defendant to take oath.

He cited the Article 39 of the Constitution which calls for respecting the prestige of every individual under arrest and said that the Constitutional principles have been violated in relation with prisoners and that some defendants have been placed in solitary cells.

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