Posted by: bahareiran | August 10, 2011

Top Iranian cleric says criminals have to receive maximum punishment without due process

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi severely criticized the Judiciary and said that the sentences passed by courts are lifeless [too light].

The religious authority of Shiites cited the repeated crimes by troublemakers and said that sentences passed by the courts were lifeless. He asked Judicial officials to run judicial [court] branches like the trials of Amir al-Momenin [revered Shiite saint]…

“An important problems that our judicial system has is that it follows the corrupt western judicial system where a case is referred to the judiciary from the police station and then the formalities of choosing a lawyer and then the lawyer’s recommendation to the criminal to deny all his clear and recorded initial confessions and to accuse security officials of torture and then getting in line for a few months then the issuing of an initial sentence, then the court of review and finally the issuing of a lifeless sentence after months which is not only not deterrent but rather emboldens the troublemakers”, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazai said.

“With this method of work, security will never be brought to the country and troublemakers and security disrupters will not be put in their place, especially if their crimes are organized by the enemies”, he added.

“We propose that judicial [courts] branches be established for this end like the trials of Amir al-Momenin Ali with the presence of a number of brave religious officials and [the procedures] be carried out with precision but with speed without formalities and that at most in one week these criminals be given the maximum punishment for their crimes so that others learn and the respected Majlis [Iranian Parliament] also solve the legal problems”, he said. (Mehr state-run News Agency – Jul. 22, 2011)

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