Iran’s Supreme Court issued a ruling in full help of former prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, overturning an earlier two-year jail sentence, which had discovered him responsible in reference to the dying of a political detainee. His lawyer confirmed the acquittal on Tuesday.
In 2017, the hard-line ex-prosecutor was convicted of “accent to homicide“, following a protracted trial in Tehran which in the end led to his imprisonment. Mortazavi’s sentence, which Iran’s judiciary reluctantly issued beneath mounting public strain, got here to a untimely finish after 17 months, as jail authorities discovered him to be in “good conduct.” Even the unfinished sentence was eased with reported furloughs, not often granted to different prisoners.
After his launch in 2019, the ex-prosecutor started a contemporary authorized battle to “restore dignity,” invoking an article in Iran’s penal regulation which — in extraordinarily uncommon conditions — requires the judiciary chief to personally intervene and overview a sure case.
Expressing reduction on the new ruling, Mortazavi’s lawyer mentioned it proved the “innocence” of “a prosecutor, whose main concern was merely public security” however had been “put behind bars instead of being glorified.”
The case initially linked Mortazavi to the deaths of a minimum of 4 protesters arrested throughout rallies in 2009 towards the disputed re-election of then hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Tehran’s prosecutor on the time and an in depth affiliate of the president, Mortazavi ordered the switch of scores of arrested protesters to the infamous Kahrizak Facility, south of the capital Tehran. In nearly no time, horrifying reviews of mistreatment, abuse, torture and even rape started to trickle in. Upon their deaths, the 4 prisoners had been checked by the jail’s on-duty medical physician, who later mysteriously died. Iranian authorities scrambled to supply various narratives, from “heart failure” to “suicide,” to elucidate the physician’s dying.
While he initially denied any wrongdoing, Mortazavi apologized seven years later over the “horrific” however “unpremeditated incidents.” The rising outrage triggered the ability’s closure and Mortazavi’s dismissal. Still, he clawed his manner again to energy after being appointed by Ahmadinejad as the top of Iran’s rich Social Security Organization, the place his tenure was marred with contemporary corruption allegations.
Mortazavi’s notoriety dates additional again to the flip of 2000, when as a 33-year-old decide, he imposed a reign of terror marked by a mass closure of Reformist newspapers and a widespread crackdown on journalists, successfully placing an early finish to what had come to be referred to as “the spring of the press” in Iran. In the face of the rising criticism towards his nightmarish rule, Mortazavi received unwavering help from Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who famously praised the “brave” and “motivated” decide that “should serve as a role model.”
And to the Western world, Mortazavi is probably recognized extra for his reference to the dying in 2003 of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi. Apart from a pile of proof pointing to his involvement, a parliamentary fact-finding committee on the time additionally concluded that the prosecutor was instantly answerable for Kazemi’s dying. Still, he by no means confronted expenses over the feminine journalist’s dying.