Source: Radio Zamaneh
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, senior
Iranian Shiite leader condemned external attempts at influencing the judiciary.
In a meeting with the head of the judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi spoke out against forces trying to influence the decisions of the judiciary which according to the senior cleric "are exerted by some government officials as well as people of high means."
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi (l) with Judiciary Head Sadegh Larijani
ILNA reports that Ayatollah Makarem
Shirazi cited shortage of "effective and committed" forces as one of the
problems facing the judiciary and added: "The reputation of the Islamic Republic
lies in the judiciary."
He also called for removal of "red tape" in the judicial process.
In the past ten months thousands of people have been arrested in a crackdown against widespread protests to the allegedly fraudulent re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the presidential elections.
Many of the detainees have been caught up in endless red tape and some are unable to get appropriate information about their files.
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi also declared that charges of detainees should not be given out to the media before a sentence has been issued. He maintained: "Many issues become a media affair before even reaching trial and the judge cannot make a proper decision in such cases."
Head of the Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani has been visiting top Shiite clerics in Qom. Yesterday he also visited Ayatollahs Safi Golpayegani and Shabiri Zanjani.
Iran's Head of Judiciary urged to resolve court hearing delays
Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, Iranian Shiite leader told Head of Iran's Judiciary that even one day delay in releasing detainees is not acceptable in Islam.
ILNA reports that Ayatollah Golpayegani expressed his concerns over the interference of external organizations in the judiciary to Sadegh Larijani.
Sadegh Larijani (r) meeting with Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani
He added: "If external forces
interfere in the judiciary and influence the judges and they fail to follow the
truth in their sentencing, the independence of the judiciary will be
Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani insisted that recent attempts at resolving the problems of the judiciary and aligning it with the provisions of Islam were unacceptable. He maintained "All sentencing and imprisonments should follow the basic laws of Islam."
He also spoke out against the delays in processing charges and maintained that the judiciary must do its utmost to avoid any delays in processing people's files.
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, Head of Iran's Judiciary visited a number of Shiite leaders in Qom today. In addition to Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, he also met with Ayatollahs Makarem Shirazi and Shabiri Zanjani.
In the past ten months, thousands of people have been arrested in connection with the protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed victory in the June presidential elections.
The files of many of these detainees are up in the air. A large number are being kept in the detention centres of the Ministry of Intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards and their families are unable to gain information about their files.
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