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Iran: Judiciary chief says ready to draw up draft on political crime

Tehran, Aug 25, IRNA -- Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi announced in Tehran on Wednesday its readiness to present a new draft on 'political crime` to the government.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his weekly meeting with the people, he added that a suitable draft was submitted to the government on the issue by his predecessor which was suspended due to the change in the administration.

He noted that another draft was brought up by the government later on, which was in conflict with the former.

"According to the Guardians Council (GC), given that the issue is a judicial one, the relevant draft should be drawn up by the Judiciary," he added.

Shahroudi suggested that instead of the coverage given to political crimes by the media and newspapers, a specialized committee should be formed to deal with such cases.

"Unfortunately, political crimes which is a legal issue is taken as a political one," he added.

In response to a question by IRNA reporter about the priorities of the second judicial development plan and its probable impact on the administrative structure of the Judiciary and judicial institutions, he said that plans are currently being prepared on the executive and judicial administration.

Turning to Article 142 of the Constitution, he said that some questionnaires have been handed out to the officials which should be filled in and returned.

According to Article 142, the Judiciary has to keep an account of the possessions of the Supreme Leader, the president, vice presidents, ministers and their wives as well as children before and after their terms in office.

The Judiciary chief said that just one article of the Constitution is not sufficient to authorize the Judiciary to exercise a close watch over the officials possessions.

"They rather need ordinary laws indicating the details of approaching the issue and the Constitution's objectives," he concluded.

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