May 6 - Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud
Hashemi Shahroudi admitted for the first time that people
are suffering from human rights violations when they are
being arrested for political charges.
in the two-day Conference of the Public and Revolutionary
Prosecutors, he said that Islamic law and ethics are being
violated by the investigators when they interrogate those
under arrest, according to IRNA.
indicate that the investigators in the detention centers
violate Islamic and ethical principles to elicit confessions
from those being accused of political offenses," Ayatollah
clearly recommended us to respect human rights and I've got
to know that we are currently violating what Islam ordered
to us in relation with human rights of the people who for
some reason are being led to the detention centers," he
established the public and revolutionary courts to restore
rights of the public. We have established police stations
and security institutions to serve the people. If we commit
human rights violations in those centers, we have done great
injustice to the people," Ayatollah Shahroudi said.
confession from the defendants in absence of the judge is
Haram (forbidden in Islam). Only the judge has the right to
interrogate the defendant," Shahroudi said.
evidences that the investigators have used force to elicit
confessions from the defendants. During interrogations, they
forced the defendants to confess to several other charges
which have nothing to do with the main charge that only the
judge should examine," he said.
that the security officers have no right to intervene with
the legal proceedings about a defendant.
judge has the right to interrogate a defendant, he said.
activists say that the Judiciary chief's attention has been
drawn to human rights violations thanks to the freedom of
expression made available by eight-year campaign of
President Mohammad Khatami, otherwise, the Judiciary chief
could not have found out to what kind of oppression the
political activists have been exposed.