Conservative Iranian legislator Ali Motahari has criticized Iran's judiciary for lack of independence and nepotism. While reformist criticism of Iran's judiciary has drawn international attention, conservative elements in Iran are also dissatisfied with the country's courts.
Motahari's remarks on April 24, reported by the
semiofficial ISNA news agency, were particularly noteworthy. He alleged that in
corruption cases involving relatives of top officials, prosecutors are seeking
permission from the officials themselves before even investigating.
The latest financial corruption scandal involves President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's first vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi. A conservative lawmaker from Tehran, Elias Naderan, accused Rahimi recently of leading what he called a "corruption circle."
An Iranian-born professor at the University of
Stockholm, Ahmad Alavi, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that Iran's judiciary is
deeply corrupt, making it difficult for the authorities to stop corruption
outside the courts.
Alavi said that, at best, Iran's judiciary may publicize corruption while having little influence on actually reining it in.
Alavi cites Transparency International's "Corruption Perceptions Index," in which Iran fell from 78th in 2003 to 168th in 2009.
"To limit corruption in Iran," Alavi says, "it is necessary to limit the power" of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
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