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Iran's President Rohani says religious oversight not the job of police

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian President Hassan Rohani told a meeting of security force commanders on Saturday that the police must enforce the law and not Islam. "The police are not responsible for executing Islam, they are charged with the execution of the law, and any other expectation would create confusion and cause problems for the people."

President Hassan Rohani (photo by ARMA_URL daily)

In a speech he gave on April 25, Rohani said: "Police can only enter into a place primarily where it has legal authorization, secondly where it has a clear and transparent warrant."

He stressed that all Iranians "are equal under the law and the law must be enforced with accuracy."

The Iranian president said the prime cause of insecurity is "poverty and unemployment" and what needs to be eliminated in society are "poverty and corruption". He criticized the current practice of highlighting "a number of minor offshoots of Islam" as the basis of do's and don'ts for society.

Rohani has tried to honour his promises to Iranians to offer greater social liberties in their public and private lives; however, hardliners in the Islamic Republic have pushed in the opposite direction in reaction to the president's efforts.

Iran not after Hollywood-style policing: Supreme Leader
Source: Press TV

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has described the establishment of security as the main mission of Iran's Police Force, saying the Islamic Republic is not after Hollywood-style policing.

Ayatollah Khamenei addresses senior Iranian police officers in Tehran

Addressing a group of senior Iranian police officers in Tehran on Sunday, the Leader said Iran's Police Force is the symbol of the Islamic Republic's "sovereignty and security," adding that the police should guarantee social security with "might."

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed, however, that such "police might" needs to be accompanied by "justice" and "mercy" toward the people, adding that the Islamic Republic is not after the policing style advertised in Hollywood or elsewhere in the Western societies.

Such type of police clout "will not only fail to bring about security, but leads to more insecurity," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader also slammed the police brutality against the African-American community in the United States, saying black people in the US are subjected to "oppression" and "humiliation" by police officials, a behavior which has been behind the outbreak of social unrest in the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei further emphasized the need for the strengthening of social security as the main mission of Iran's police forces, adding, "The establishment of security is not a matter of rhetoric and propaganda, but the public should feel that security exists."

The Leader further hailed the efforts made by Iran's Police Force to guarantee calm and security in the society, calling on the officials of other sectors to cooperate with the police in their mission.

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