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11/18/04

Iran: Interior Minister deplores arrest warrants against former MPs

Tehran, Nov 17, IRNA -- Minister of the Interior Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari on Wednesday criticized the justice system for issuing arrest warrants against several reformist members of the former parliament.

Speaking in the conference of the provincial governors general, Mousavi Lari expressed dismay at hearing that the justice system has issued arrest warrants against several MPs of the sixth parliament.

"The Judiciary has taken a controversial step with its decision to bring to justice the former MPs for the statements they made during their term in parliament in line with their mandate of representing the people," Mousavi Lari said.

"Sometime the dignitaries do something which is not necessary without thinking about backlash of their actions in the society," the Interior Minister said in reference to the arrest warrants against the former lawmakers.

Elsewhere in his statement, Mousavi Lari deplored the violence certain people had committed at the Science and Technology University by attacking the chancellor of the university and said that the ugly incident being done by certain groups set a precedent in disrespect for the academic centers.

"It is dangerous to set an ugly precedent in the university, because violent action always leaves behind consequence," he said.

The minister said that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (in his Eid al-Fitr sermon) called for the necessity of holding the presidential election with maximum turnout and said that the grounds should be prepared for holding a lively presidential election in 2005.

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