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Iranian judiciary insists on use of death penalty

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, head of Iranian judiciary said today that "rape and armed robbery are crimes that are certain to receive the death penalty" in the judicial system.

Atatollah Sadegh Larijani, head of Iranian judiciary

Iranian media report that Ayatollah Larijani insisted that execution of certain groups of social criminals is a "commitment to moral values."

He added: "To those who commit rape and think it's a momentary action, we say, you are sure to be executed. Also those who commit armed robbery, they should not think that they can easily escape this matter."

Iran's head of judiciary maintained that if a robber pulls out a weapon but does not actually steal anything, still their legal sentence will be the death penalty.

Iran holds the highest rate of executions after China. Amnesty International reports that in 2009, 400 people were executed in Iran and since 2005, the rate of executions in Iran is on a consistent rise.

Iranian human rights activists condemn the severity and frequency of capital punishment in Iran and are active in trying to reform judicial laws in Iran.

Ayatollah Larijani also rejected influence of security and intelligence forces in the judiciary and despite recent admonishments by the head of the Guardian Council, Ayatollah Jannati, to allow security officials to handle the files of some detainees, head of the judiciary insisted: "Security forces are not allowed to interfere in judicial cases and we stand firmly by this statement."

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