Iranian minister: Trial of opposition leaders should be held in fair court
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 30
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavai said that the trial of opposition leaders should be held in a fair court, ISNA news agency reported on Dec. 30.
"The opposition leaders, or any other charged person should be judged in an impartial court," Alavi said, adding that the punishment should correspond to the charge.
On Dec. 29, Iranian influential MP, Ali Motahari urged the judiciary to end the house arrests of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and to put them on trial.
"The protracted house arrests without trial, lack legal or religious justification," Motahari said.
Commenting on 2009 post-presidential protests he underlined that, the opposition leaders as well as ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be trialled in public to end the disputes.
Karroubi and Mousavi are currently under house arrest since 2011 due to protests on the 2009 presidential elections.
On Nov. 28, Etemaad newspaper quoted spokesman of Iran's administration, Mohammad-Baqer Nobakh as saying the administration of President Hassan Rouhani is pursuing the release of jailed opposition leaders as well as political prisoners.
He went on to note that the softening political atmosphere in the country is among the priorities of president Hassan Rouhani.
Nobakht underlined that the administration prefers to pursue the issue quietly.
On Nov. 22, the head of Iran's Guardian Council, Ahmad Jannati, said that the opposition leaders under house arrest should be thankful for not being given a death sentence.
He added that the two leaders are alive due to 'Islamic mercy'. The comments were criticised by Motahari.