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Iran Judiciary chief bans detention without formal charges

Tehran, Feb 7, IRNA - Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi has issued a decree prohibiting detention of suspects without being formally charged, an English-language paper reported on Thursday.

According to Iran Daily, the announcement comes less than a week after Ayatollah Shahroudi ordered that no public executions would take place in Iran without his prior approval and banned the publication of photographs of these executions.

The decree was reported by a number of Iranian newspapers, including the judiciary mouthpiece Hemayat.

It ordered that the judicial apparatus should not hold suspects, issue summons or set bail without pressing charges, said the paper.

It further referred to Ayatollah Shahroudi's decree as saying "Refrain from summoning people without pressing charges. Refrain from holding people under arrest without pressing charges. Refrain from granting bail without pressing charges."

The Judiciary chief issued the decree "because of the importance and the necessity of fully abiding by and implementing the prosecution regulations," the decree explained.

It added that there have been reports "talking about discrepancies in methods that resulted in wasting time, expense and frustration".

The decree also ordered that warrants must be completed accurately and properly.

Earlier, Judiciary Spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said capital punishment "should not be implemented or publicized in a way that would be a psychological disturbance to society, especially the young", wrote the paper.

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