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Iran: New Regulations on Lawyers Suspended After Bar Associations Object

(Sept. 10, 2009) The Bar Associations of Tehran and of all provincial cities in Iran unanimously and strenuously objected to new regulations recently recommended by the Judiciary. These regulations authorize the Judiciary to extend or suspend the permits of practicing lawyers. The Bar Associations Union, reflecting the opposition of the Bar Associations, demanded that the […]

Iran: Ruling on Foreigners’ Lawsuits Against Iranian Nationals in Iranian Courts

(Sept. 10, 2009) In July 2008, in response to a question from Iran's Minister of Justice, the Guardian Council announced that in some cases foreign nationals cannot benefit from a statute of limitations for litigation when they file lawsuits in Iranian courts. The Guardian Council is an institution established under Iran's Constitution to examine the […]

Iran: Amendment to New Family Law Makes Bigamy Rare

(Aug. 31, 2009) On September 8, 2008, the Judicial Committee of the Iranian Parliament's House of Representatives voted to delete two articles from the Family Protection Bill, including one on polygamy. Under article 23 of the bill as presented by the government to the House, a man wishing to marry a second wife would have […]

Iran: Payment Can Save a Murderer from Execution

(Aug. 31, 2009) It was reported on June 12, 2009, that judges of the High Criminal Court of Fars Province of Iran held a hearing to try a man charged with killing his daughter and seven other persons. The defendant, Hassan, had become furiously enraged because his daughter had fled with her lover, a young […]

Iran: Production, Distribution, and Sale of Obscene Computer Content Are Punishable

(Aug. 31, 2009) The Islamic House of Representatives introduced certain amendments to the Computer-Generated Crimes Bill in compliance with objections to the bill raised by the Guardian Council. The principal article providing for punishment of those involved in illicit activities related to computer-generated obscene materials received final approval of the House. It states: Every person […]

Iran: Chief of Judiciary Warns Against Rising Cost of Compensation

(Aug. 28, 2009) It was reported on August 25, 2009, that the head of Iran's judiciary had warned judges against the rising cost to the state treasury of the Iranian system of compensation (Diah). Article 294 of the Islamic Criminal Law of Iran has defined Diah as “the property given to the victim of the […]

Iran: Further Developments Regarding Discontinuation of Punishment of Stoning to Death

(Aug. 6, 2009) The Islamic Republic of Iran is considering abolition of the punishment of stoning to death (rajm) from the Islamic Criminal Code of December 1991. The announcement by Ali Shahrokhi, Chairman of the Judiciary and Legal Committee of the Islamic House of Representatives, was reported on June 26, 2009. Shahrokhi said the bill […]

Iran: Man Sentenced to Be Stoned to Death for Adultery

(June 22, 2009) It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a 30-year-old man was sentenced to be stoned to death in Iran on the charge of adultery. Under Islamic law, expression of repentance by a person who has been convicted of committing adultery absolves the person from execution. In the case involving the 30-year-old […]

Iran: Woman Hanged for Murder Committed at Age 17

(June 22, 2009) It was recently reported in an Iranian newspaper that a young woman, now 23 years old, was hanged for a murder she had committed as a teenager. Del A'ara, at the age of 17, was accused of having murdered, with the help of a boyfriend, a wealthy 65-year-old woman who was a […]

Iran: Accused Murderer Saved from Execution by Taking Oaths

(June 19, 2009) Application of an Islamic criminal justice principle by the Supreme Court of Iran saved the life of a man accused of murder. (Arts. 239-256, Islamic Criminal Law of the Islamic Republic of Iran, MAJMUAH'I KAMILI QAVANIN VA MUQAR RAR'ARTI JAZA'I [Complete Compilation of Criminal Laws] 1381 (Tehran, 2002).) This principle is known […]