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Jails open to media eyes: Prosecuter

IRIB English News

Tehran, Nov 8 - Tehran's Public Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi said Thursday Iranian and foreign journalists can visit freely Iranian jails and conduct investigations on the situation of the prisoners.

The doors of the jails remain open to journalists, whether Iranian or foreign ones, to come and see inside the prisons and the circumstances where the detained live and to get acquainted with the realities, Mortazavi said while speaking in ceremony to inaugurate the special tribunal for juvenile delinquencies.

He referred to his November 5 meeting with UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Ambeyi Ligabo and said the UN official has asked to allow him to visit prisoners and he had let him visit the jail because the situation in prisoners matches the international standards.

He said he and Ligabo discussed the legal proceedings in the Islamic Republic during a two-hour meeting where he explained the functions and performance of Iran's judicial apparatus and the proceedings of the press offenses.

Mortazavi said as he had mentioned in the meeting with Ligabo the limits of the freedom are determined even in the declaration on the human rights but added that there was not unrestricted freedoms in this document.

On November 5, Mortazavi responded to all the questions raised by the UN rapporteur on the legal proceedings and judicial affairs in Iran.

The primary investigations on the suspects, Mortazavi said, are often conducted by the magistrates and the prosecutors deal with the file cases independently.

In the press courts, every file case is viewed and examined by at least two judges, he said adding that the press offenses are being handed in the penal courts and the court sessions are normally attended by a jury of three judges.

He said the trial of the managing directors and license holders of periodicals and newspapers is conducted very carefully as the laws on the press offenses have been reformed by the judiciary.

Court procedures held for the press circles are like those for the suspected high-level officials including ministers, presidential advisors and governors, he explained.
8 posted on 11/08/2003 12:22:18 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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"Unemployment rate stands at 11.4%": Iran's Central Bank

November 08, 2003 - ©2003 IranMania

TEHRAN, Nov. 8, IRANMANIA -- The head of Iran’s Central Bank, Ibrahim Sheybani estimated the rate of unemployment in Iran as around 11.4% saying that policies on the creation of more job opportunities will be pursued more seriously.

He considered the country’s economic growth rate as “extraordinary” saying: “The country experienced a 7.4% economic growth last year which is 5 times greater than those of the Persian Gulf states.”

Sheybani described the volume of the country’s foreign exchange reserves at the end of the last year as satisfactory stating: “In 1381 (Iranian calendar year for March 2002 / March 2003), the country’s foreign exchange reserves increased more than 5 billion dollars while foreign debts significantly decreased.”

Referring to the fulfillment of the predictions made in the field of oil export revenues, Sheybani went on to say that the foreign exchange reserve accounts will also show a noticeable rise in the current year.

“Economic indicators portray a promising image of the country’s economy in 1382 (Iranian calendar year for March 2003 / March2004).” said Sheybani.

On the rising price of goods and services in the Iranian calendar years of 1381 and 1382, he noted: “The rate of inflation by the end of July 25th of this year was 16% which is almost in harmony with the rise in prices of last year and despite the sudden boost of prices at the beginning of the year, the prices of goods and services are now stable.”

He concluded by saying “To create more job opportunities, more financial resources and facilities were brought into the country’s economy which led to significant liquidity growth.”
(( Hey Mullahs, MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS Please ))
9 posted on 11/08/2003 7:00:55 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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"Mortazavi said Thursday Iranian and foreign journalists can visit freely Iranian jails and conduct investigations on the situation of the prisoners."

I'm almost speechless.
He KILLED a photographer for taking pictures OUTSIDE a prison. Now, he's inviting anyone to enter who wants?
He's full of S#!T.
16 posted on 11/08/2003 10:10:42 AM PST by nuconvert
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