شنبه ۲۰ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۷:۲۹ - ۱۰ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
As the Special Court for the Clergy announces the appointment of a new jury, a cleric disrobed by the Court says survival of the court does not legitimize it. Lawyer Dadkhah says the establishment of a “special” court is contrary to the constitutional principle of equality before the law. July 9, 2004 - The Special Court for the Clergy appointed new members to its jury, as lawyers and clerics continued to protest against the establishment of a court for the clergy outside the country’s judicial system as “discriminatory” and “unlawful.”
Cleric Ali Afsahi, a former representative of the culture ministry to the country’s film industry, who has been “disrobed” by the Special Court for the Clergy, tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Nima Tamaddon that “the survival of this court does not legitimize it.”
The Special Court for the Clergy was founded by a decree of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, but lawyers argue that the court was established on a temporary bases and the continuation of its activity, which is sanctioned by the Supreme Leader, is unconstitutional.
Lawyer and founding member of the human rights defenders’ center Mohammad-Ali Dadkhah says the Special Court’s jury selection is only a “window dressing.” He adds: “To have a ‘special’ court for a whole class of citizens means discrimination, which is contrary to the constitution’s principle of equality before the law.”