TEHRAN - Iranian MP Ali Motahhari has criticized the decision to ban the newspaper Aseman, saying the punishment the authorities imposed for its infraction was too harsh and should have been lighter.
The insulting remarks published in the daily were just part of a quote and not the direct wording of the editorial staff of the daily, Motahari said on Monday in an interview with ICANA, which is the Iranian parliament’s news agency.
There should have been a lighter punishment, he stated.
In an interview published in the newly launched reformist daily, an interviewee described qesas, the Islamic law of retribution, as inhumane.
On Thursday, the Tehran prosecutor banned the daily and ordered the arrest of its managing director, Abbas Bozorgmehr.
According to the website of the office of the Tehran prosecutor, Bozorgmehr also faces prosecution.
Prior to being detained, Bozorgmehr said the newspaper’s decision to publish the word “inhumane” was an “unintentional mistake”.
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