یکشنبه ۳ اردیبهشت ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۸:۵۸
LAW: Conservative Majles Frowns at Political Crimes Bill
Conservative-dominated Majles says it is reluctant to review a bill that defines political crime to give constitutional protections to prosecuted activists. A bill attempting to define political crimes arrived at the doorsteps of the new, conservative-dominated Majles, but the MPs say they are reluctant to review it. They consider the issue important only to a handful of people, and not a national priority.
Political crimes are protected by the constitution, but there was no law defining political crimes, former Tehran MP and a member of the reformist society of militant clerics Rasul Montajebnia said. Many political cases have been prosecuted as ordinary crimes, without lawyers and juries, he adds.
Last month, head of judiciary denied having any political prisoners, and explained that in the absence of a definition for political crimes, nobody can be officially called a political prisoner. A week after judiciary chief's statement, President Khatami surprised domestic observers by clearly declaring that there are many languishing in jails for having expressed an opinion or having attended a political meeting.
The definition of political crimes should be complete and impartial; otherwise the bill would not solve anything, Montajebnia said. The Guardians Council rejected the Majles-approved bill as un-Islamic.
With bills such as definition of political crimes, the Majles will be tied down with non-priority issues, conservative Mashhad MP Hamid-Reza Taraqi, undersecretary of the Jam’iyat-e Motalefe-ye Eslami party, said.