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Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Parliament of Iran [official website, in Persian] on Sunday passed a law defining what constitutes a political crime. Under the country's constitution, individuals accused of committing "public offenses" are guaranteed public trials and other legal protections. Prior to this newly passed law, however, the term "political offenses" was … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Former Iranian prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges relating to the 2009 killing of three prisoners [JURIST report] which he oversaw. The prisoners were detained in 2009 for protesting against former President Mahmous Ahmedinejad's [BBC profile] disputed re-election - an issue that drew significant global criticism … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Iranian authorities on Monday arrested Hamid Baghaei, former vice president under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Bio profile]. Baghaei's arrest is the second detention of a high-ranking official from the Ahmadinejad administration, as Mohammad Reza Rahimi, another former vice president, was convicted [JURIST report] of corruption and embezzlement last year. The recent … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced a son of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] to 15 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and bribery. Rafsanjani's son, referred to only as "MH" in court documents, is assumed by those in the Iranian government … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Iran Supreme Court sentenced former vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi to more than five years in prison and imposed a fine of 10 billion rials (USD $360,000), the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website] reported [IRNA report] Wednesday. Rahimi was also ordered to return 28.5 billion rials … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN) [official website]. As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] was summoned to a criminal court on Monday. Although the charges were not specified, this may be the continuation of a longstanding political battle [JURIST news archive] between Ahmadinejad and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani [official website, in Persian], who recently … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Iranian Parliament [official website, in Persian] on Sunday voted 192-56 to impeach the country's labor minister, Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, because he appointed an official who was implicated in the deaths of anti-government prisoners in 2010. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [JURIST news archive] said that this constituted an abuse of power … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Representatives for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced their concern Tuesday over Iran's recent crackdown on activists speaking out within the nation. The OHCHR is most notably concerned by the September arrest of human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah. According to … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Faezah Hashemi [The Iranian profile], the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested on Saturday and taken to Evin Prison to serve a six-month prison sentence. Faezah Hashemi, an outspoken critic of Iran's incumbent government, was arrested [RFE/RL report] upon returning from a trip to London. … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Monday sentenced to death four individuals convicted on financial corruption charges, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website] reported [IRNA report]. The national news agency cited [Reuters report] Prosecutor-General Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, who said that the four were among 39 suspects who received sentences ranging … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sasan Fayazmanesh, Professor Emeritus of Economics at California State University, Fresno, says that President Obama's latest sanctions against Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program are part of an escalating trend in US foreign policy that began in the 1980s...On February 6, 2012, President Obama intensified US … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC profile] was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in prison after being convicted of spreading propaganda against the country's current government. Faezeh Hashemi, who is a former member of Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian], is also forbidden … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court on Wednesday sentenced opposition figure and former Iranian foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi to eight years in prison for attempting to act against national security. Yazdi was also banned from civic activities for five years [AFP report] in the closed-door trial reportedly held in early November. … [read more]

Student Commentary
29 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Toone, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2012, has spent over two years working and studying in the Middle East, including six months as an embedded civilian social scientist with the First Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. He writes about some of … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian] voted on Wednesday to take President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to court for "illegally" declaring himself oil minister. Last month, Ahmadinejad fired minister of oil Masoud Mirkazemi in an effort to streamline his cabinets and took control of the ministry … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Mar 2011

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer [Vice President of Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies]: "Across the Middle East, protest movements are taking hold. While each draws inspiration from the examples of Egypt and Tunisia, each country has a story of its own. In Iran, for example, the world may be witnessing … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] called Sunday for his own trial to be set up in a public court. In an open letter to the head of the Supreme Judicial System of Iran [GlobaLex backgrounder], Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani [official website, in Farsi], posted on … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Iranian lawmakers called Tuesday for opposition leaders to face trial and death after Monday's clash with security forces. Thousands of Iranians protested Monday in solidarity with Egypt's revolt against ousted president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile]. Pro-government legislators demanded [AP report] opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile; JURIST news … [read more]

Legal News
14 Feb 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Iranian government will set up a special court to try media and culture crimes, state news agency IRNA [official website, in Persian] reported Sunday. The judiciary has set up a special prosecutors office [AP report] to handle alleged offenses committed in media and cultural platforms. Both the court … [read more]

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