یکشنبه ۲۱ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۷:۳۸ - ۱۱ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Judiciary chief Ayatollah Shahroudi has not accomplished any major house cleaning, Tehran-based lawyer and human rights advocate Ahmad Bashiri tells Radio Farda. The Supreme Leader reappointed Iraqi-born Shahroudi for a second five-year term at the helm of the judiciary. The Supreme Leader reappointed Iraqi-born Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi as the Islamic regime’s chief of judiciary. In his five years at the helm of the judiciary, which he described as “ruins” when he took it over, Ayatollah Shahroudi has not accomplished any major house cleaning, Tehran-based lawyer and human rights advocate Ahmad Bashiri tells Radio Farda.
However, he has managed to bring back a few judicial institutions which had been eliminate by his predecessor, such as the district attorney offices and the arbitration tribunals, Bashiri adds.
In addition, he has established the new, so-called “fact finding” branches, which have created unnecessary complications, forcing claimants from across the country to travel to Tehran in order to attend fact finding hearings for their complaints.
Altogether, Shahroudi’s tenure has not changed the judiciary in any positive way. He has increased the number of judges, but the increase does not appear to have reduced the courts’ caseloads. Other so-called improvements have also been much smaller than their propaganda wants the people to believe, he adds.
Our judiciary apparatus is a sick institution, as the authorities have admitted, Bashiri says. “The problems are too deep and too complicated to be resolved by a few changes.”