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Iran: Hashemi Rafsanjani Defends the "Rule of Law"

Photos by Mohammad Kazempour, Mehr News Agency

Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani

Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the head of the Assembly of Experts and the head of the Expediency Council, in a meeting with the members of the academia fraction of the parliament for the National Teacher's Day while congratulating this day to all teachers and praising the high statue of teachers and professor said: "Educated and knowledgeable individuals either teachers or university professors have a very high statue and dignity among the people and they earned this high dignity by defending justice and truth."

In another part of his remarks Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani added: "When it comes to making laws and passing bills the parliament is in charge and the interference and meddling of other organizations can seriously damage the statue and dignity of the parliament."

The head of the Assembly of Experts emphasized: "Actions that are either above the law or are against the law by any individual, any group or organization seriously damages the unity, solidarity and trust of the people."

At the beginning of this meeting the chairman of the academia fraction of the parliament, Mostafa Kavakabian, gave a brief report about the actions and performance of this fraction and also on behalf of a group of members of the parliament asked for the return of Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani to the Friday prayer platform as Imam. Since the historic Friday Prayer in July of last year following the rigged presidential election in which many Green protestors participated and Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani demanded the release of all political prisoners he has not been selected to lead another Friday Prayer by the committee that performs under the supreme leader.

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