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12/09/10

Not all judges are corrupt: Iran's Judiciary chief

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani has said it is not fair to say that all judges are corrupt.  Larijani made the remarks on Wednesday in response to an MP, who recently said that all judges receive bribes.

"We do not deny the existence of corruption" because humans are fallible, but it is not fair to say all judges are corrupt and that lawmaker should present his evidence to prove his claims, he added.

Response to remarks

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the Guardian Council secretary, recently said the Judiciary does not cooperate with the police in many cases.


Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani

Ayatollah Larijani said that a police officer is not a judge and making judgments has always been the responsibility of the Judiciary.

It is unfortunate that some of the country's high-ranking officials express their views based on what they read in newspapers, he added.

"We know that there are some problems in the judicial system, but the Judiciary and the administration should not be undermined," he stated.

The Judiciary chief also said all sex offenders and armed robbers should be aware that their crimes will be considered moharebeh (enmity against God) and within one month, their dossiers will be examined and they will undoubtedly be hung.

Officials should show tolerance toward journalists: Majlis Speaker

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that administrations should show tolerance toward the media if the "official corruption" is to be curbed.

"dministrations should show tolerance toward the monitoring role of the media and know that strong media outlets can contribute to the soundness of the cultural, economic, and administrative systems," Larijani said at the closing ceremony of a conference held in Tehran on fighting "official corruption".

Larijani added that journalists can compel officials to account for their actions, but false brouhaha should not be created over the issue of "official corruption".

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