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Judiciary confirms reform, to inaugurate first prosecutor May 18

Iran's judiciary on Wednesday confirmed that it had adopted a series of reforms, including by naming the first prosecutor general in Tehran after a lapse of nine years, IRNA reported from Tehran.

A judiciary official told IRNA that high-profile judge Saeed Mortazavi, who is mostly well-known for trying journalists, will assume office on May 18 as the general prosecutor of public courts and revolutionary tribunals.

Mortazavi will start work the same day that prosecutors' offices, scrapped since 1993, are planned to resume functioning, the head of the judiciary's public relations office, Zahed Bashiri-Rad, said.

Citing reasons for the restoration of prosecutors' offices, the official said that their elimination had left the judiciary faced with 'many problems which he did not specify.

Iran's courts have widely been criticized for merging the role of prosecutors and judges in trials.

Bashiri-Rad said the new reform was adopted in the judiciary, following the parliament's approval and that it had already been implemented in the central Qom and northwestern Ardebil provinces.

Saeed Mortazavi, the judge at Bench 1410 of Tehran administrative court for press offenses, started his juridical career in the central city of Kerman about 16 years ago.

He has got a master degree in law and criminology and is currently studying for doctorate degree.

Since 1993, the post of prosecutor generals in Iranian courts has 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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