Iran’s Supreme Leader reinstates judiciary chief

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 14

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reinstated the country's current Judiciary head Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani for a second term, Iran's State IRINN TV reported on Aug 14.

Larijani, who is brother of parliament speaker Ali Larijani replaced Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi whose term ended in 2009.

Larijani, a cleric born in Iraq's holy Shi'ite city of Najaf, will serve a five-year term.

He served as one of the 12 members of the hardliner Guardian Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran for eight years.

In May 2012, the European Union sanctioned Larijani for human rights abuses. According to the Official Journal of the European Union, as head of the judiciary in Iran, Larijani approved of harsh punishments for retribution crimes, crimes against God, and crimes against the state.

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