Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 16
By Emil Ilgar – Trend:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed on Dec.16 to pardon or reduce the sentences of 1,231 people, the official website of Supreme Leader reported, in honor of the Prophet Mohammad's birthday.
Khamenei pardoned and eased the sentences of 878 people last year as well.
Earlier in June, Minister of Justice, Mostafa Pourmohammadi said that Iran's prison population has decreased by 3.7 percent the last year compared to the preceding year.
“The number of prisoners in Iran stood at 217,851 in the last Iranian year, which ended on March 21”, he told Mehr news agency reported on June 21.
About 9.8 million case records were submitted in Iran's judiciary last year, Pourmohammadi said, adding that 6.2 million cases out of this figure were sent to the courts and 3.6 million were directed to the dispute resolution councils.
The minister went on to add that Iran's judiciary has 91,524 employees; of that amount some 11,642 are judges and judicial externs.