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Isfahan Prosecutor Attorney Rules Jahan Nama Construction to Stop

Isfahan, Mar. 27 (Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency) - The prosecutor attorney of Isfahan ruled for the construction of the Jahan Nama building in the vicinities of the historical square of Naghsh-e Jahan to stop until the final verdict is reached by the court.

The case of Jahan Nama building is one of the most controversial legal cases concerning cultural heritage in Iran's recent history, mobilizing many officials to stop the construction of the high building in the vicinities of the world heritage site of Naghsh-e Jahan Square. UNESCO has announced that it will inscribe the square on its List of World Heritage in Danger if the project is not stopped.

Following a request by the governor of Isfahan, the prosecuting attorney of the province, Gholam Reza Ansari, ruled for a halt in the construction project until the court reaches a final decision on the matter.

The decision comes simultaneously with the visit of the Director-General of UNESCO, Ko´chiro Matsuura, to Isfahan and his expression of concern over the fate of the historical Square of Naghsh-e Jahan.

Right now two separate complaint cases, one by Isfahan's Lawyers' Society and another by the ICHTO, are in court against the project, and according to Ansari, to announce the final decision, the court awaits the response to the inquiry to UNESCO.

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