Jul 02, 2020 05:00 UTC
  • Iran: France’s meddling in our judicial cases unjustifiable, lacks validity

Iran has rejected France’s meddling in its judicial affairs, saying investigations into and subsequent issuance of sentences regarding the crimes of Iranian citizens rests solely with the country’s Judiciary.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept any interference in its internal affairs,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday.

He added that only Iran’s courts have the jurisdiction to hear cases and issue verdicts on the crimes of Iranian citizens in fair trials and within the framework of the rules and civil rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He noted that France’s meddling in Iran’s judicial cases was “unjustifiable and lacked validity.”

Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili announced on Tuesday that the investigations into Rouhollah Zam’s (the administrator of Amad News -- a counterrevolutionary website) case had been finalized, and that he had been found guilty of corruption on earth, among other crimes.

“The court has considered 13 counts of charges together as instances of corruption on earth, and therefore passed the death sentence,” Esmaeili said.

“Regarding several other charges, he has been sentenced to life in prison, but the ruling is not final and can be appealed at the Supreme Court,” the official added.