|‘Judiciary has never said president is not authorized to inspect prisons’||
TEHRAN – Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said on Wednesday that the Judiciary has never stated that the president is not authorized to inspect the country’s prisons.
Amoli Larijani made the remarks during a meeting with a number of judicial officials in response to the claims that the Judiciary has said that the president is not allowed to inspect Tehran’s Evin Prison.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently wrote a letter to the Judiciary chief asking him to make the arrangements necessary for his inspection of Evin Prison.
Amoli Larijani said, “Our response was that it is not appropriate that the inspection be made now given the fact that certain ambiguities may be created in the people’s minds. And whenever the Judiciary deems it appropriate, it will make the arrangements necessary for the visit.”
On Sunday, National Prosecutor General Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejeii stated that an inspection of Evin Prison by Ahmadinejad would not be in the interests of the country.
Mohseni-Ejeii, who is also the Judiciary spokesman, said at the time, “Given the fact that a person who is related to him has been arrested and is in the prison, this (the inspection) would cause political (misunderstandings)… The inspection is not appropriate in the current circumstances.”
He was referring to the imprisonment of Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) and the president’s advisor in media affairs, who was arrested on September 26.
Ahmadinejad had previously expressed regret over his imprisonment.
The Islamic Revolution Court and a public court had found Javanfekr guilty of two charges, namely publishing remarks that run contrary to Islamic principles and undermine public morals.
Javanfekr had also been barred from conducting any media activities.
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