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155 Iranian MPs voice concern over summoning students to judicial courts

Tehran, May 23, IRNA -- Some 155 members of parliament said on Sunday that the disciplinary committees of the universities are empowered to examine charges against students and called on Judiciary to stop sentencing the students to prison terms.

A statement signed by 155 MPs and read out by member of Majlis presiding board Shahrbanou Emami in the formal session of parliament, expressed concern over a series of summoning the university students and urged the Judiciary to hand over the cases to the disciplinary committees of the universities.

"The Judiciary is expected to stop the inappropriate process of summoning the students of different universities and sentencing them to prison terms," the statement said.

"In the past month, there has happened numerous cases of summoning the students to public court and sentencing them to prison terms. Whereas, investigation into such cases does not fall within jurisdiction of the public courts."

"The disciplinary committees of the universities are empowered to examine charges against students. This is the procedure established for so many years and the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has recommended the Judiciary to observe the procedure," the statement said.

"Summoning students to the judicial courts will not promote discipline in the universities, rather it will hurt sentiments of students and will cause repercussions," it said.

"In addition to the legal fault of summoning the students to judicial courts, the public expectations require the governing system to honor respect of the students and separate their account from that of criminals," the statement said.

"We, representatives of the parliament support the positive steps the Judiciary has taken recently to ensure respect for human rights of inmates and the accused, and remind Judiciary officials that the current code of conduct in regards to students will cause political challenge which cannot be resolved easily," it said.

"We earnestly urge the Judiciary to close such cases against students and exercise Islamic mercy to help the current stability in the universities and remedy the old wounds inflicted on universities," the statement of 155 MPs said.

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