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Justice Department official ends controversy over summoning human rights activist Shirin Ebadi to court

Tehran, Jan 17, IRNA -- The controversy over summoning the human rights activist Mrs. Shirin Ebadi to the revolutionary court ended on Monday after the head of Tehran province's Justice Department Abbasali Alizadeh accepted that there has been a private complaint on the ground.

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A revolutionary court had forwarded a notice to Mrs. Ebadi to report to the court yesterday.

She challenged the call saying that the private complaint has nothing to do with the revolutionary court.

The revolutionary court set up since February 1979 deals with charges about national security.

Lawyer Shirin Ebadi said that private complaint does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Revolutionary Court and she ignored the summon from the court on legal grounds.

"If the reason for the summon is that there is a private plaintiff, the revolutionary court should not examine such a charge. If there not a private plaintiff, why did they not mention the charge in the notice," Ebadi said at a press conference at the Center for Human Right Advocates.

Ebadi, the activist, said that her lawyers referred to the branch 14 of the revolutionary court to follow up the case and they were informed that the summon has been issued on the basis of a private complaint.

Asked whether she would run for the presidency in the upcoming election, she said that she is only a human rights activist and does not like to enter into political conflict.

Meanwhile, the head of Tehran Province's Justice Department, Abbasali Alizadeh accepted that a mistake has been made and said that the case had been referred to the revolutionary court and the judge of the revolutionary preferred to examine the case as a 'gesture of courtesy' in light of Mrs. Ebadi's distinguished personality.

Alizadeh said that he followed up the case and the respective judge has said that the charge against Mrs. Ebadi filed with the court lacks legal ground.

"It is more likely that the judge would repeal the summon," Hojjatoleslam Alizadeh said.

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