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Iran: Supreme Leader says nation is thirsty for justice, truth

Tehran, June 28, IRNA-Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the nation indicated in the presidential election that it is thirsty for justice and truth.

In a meeting with judicial officials to mark anniversary of terrorist attack in 1360 (1981) in which then Chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti was martyred along with 72 statesmen at building of Islamic Republic Party, the Supreme Leader said that the terrorist assassinations in 1981 dealt a heavy blow to the sacred sapling of the Islamic Republic.

"Those days, the modern advocates of campaign against terrorism were smiling at destruction of the Iranian nation."

"Since the root of the sapling was sacred, it blossomed out thanks to blissful presence of the nation on the scene."

"The Islamic Revolution is pressing ahead with its lofty goals by the grace of God and based on national resolve," the Supreme Leader said.

In reference to the massive turnout in presidential polls, the Supreme Leader said, "Your enemies were humiliated by your magnificent presence, but, they do not want to admit. Nevertheless, the turnout made their scenarios null and void. Such strong movements would go ahead."

The Supreme Leader said in the meantime, "We should thank God for the success and avoid being trapped by snobbery."

The Supreme Leader once again felicitated the nation on 30 million turnout on the first round of the election and 28 million in the run-off while, the enemies of the nation predicted only 20 percent would participate in the polls.

"The Iranian nation is lively, faithful and loyal to the Islamic Revolution and pursuing their own glory and dignity. The world should recognize the logic of the Iranian nation and take this into consideration while communicating with it," the Supreme Leader said.

Prior to the Supreme Leader's remarks, Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi briefed Ayatollah Khamenei on the reform he had initiated in the justice apparatus.

Shahroudi said that defendants are being provided with counsel rights and he ordered the prison officials to respect human rights of the prisoners.

Shahroudi said that the Judiciary has adopted two five-year development plan to fight financial corruption.

The Judiciary chief admitted last month that special team assigned by him to investigate numerous complaints about torturing risoners found out "such un-Islamic practices are taking place in prisons."

"I'm afraid. We have established courts to restore rights of the people, but, I've got reports about torture and violating human rights in prisons. Such practices have nothing to do with Islam and we are responsible before God for such violations," Ayatollah Shahroudi said in his statement last month.

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