Posted by: bahareiran | September 2, 2010

Iran: Regime’s overpopulated prison system now holds more than 200,000

While the Iranian regime’s maximum prison capacity is 80,000, there are now more than 205,000 prisoners in Iran, according to the latest semi-official statistics. In addition, more than 8 million legal cases are registered every year in the regime’s judiciary.

According to Alef website, which is affiliated with Ahmad Tavakkoli, the chairman of the regime’s Majlis (Parliament) Research Center, Iranian prisons are operating at close to 2.5 times over capacity.

Last week, the director of the regime’s Prisons Organization, Gholam Hossein Esmaili, said that the number of prisoners is much higher than what the prison system can hold.

In March 2009, the state-run daily Etemad had put prison capacity at 60,000, adding that there were 168,000 prisoners. Therefore, assuming the veracity of both statistics, 37,000 people have been imprisoned by the regime over the past year alone.

The Alef website also wrote that the regime’s courts receive over 8 million new cases annually. Adding in the number of already existing cases, this means that the regime’s judiciary has 11 million open cases a year.

The mullahs’ judiciary employs about 5,500 people, according to the site, which suggests that each so-called judge – who are handpicked from among the regime’s elements – has to review 20 cases per day. An average case includes 50 pages of documentation, the website said, which means that the mullahs’ judges have to read over 1,000 pages of material in a day in addition to performing other tasks.

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