Tehran, Iran, Sep. 26 – Iran’s Judiciary Chief, Ayatollah
Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi appointed on Monday one of the country’s top
prosecutors as his deputy.
In a decree, Shahroudi appointed the hard-line
cleric Hojjatoleslam Abbas-Ali
Alizadeh, who until now was the Chief Prosecutor in
Tehran Province, as the new acting deputy of
Shahroudi separately designated Ali-Reza Ava’i, the Chief Prosecutor in Isfahan Province, to take up Alizadeh’s previous post.
In July of this year, Alizadeh issued a report
about the abysmal state of Iran’s
prisons. The report referred to arbitrary, long-term detentions without
trial, widespread torture, rape of female prisoners and judicial chaos.