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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati

Born: 1927

Hometown: Isfahan

Position: Chairman, Guardian Council and Interim Friday Prayer Leader, Tehran

“I know you well, judiciary officials! For God’s sake, stand firm as you already did with your quick execution of these two convicts.”





Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati is the Chairman of the Guardian Council, which is responsible for interpreting the Constitution, supervising elections, and ensuring that laws and government officials are in conformity with Islam. The Guardian Council has refused to ratify the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment despite measures for ratification having twice passed the Majlis.

According to Ali Motahhari, a conservative member of the Majlis, Ayatollah Jannati’s favoritism toward Mahmoud Ahmedinajad made him unqualified to judge and verify the results of the June 12, 2009 election.

Jannati called for the trial of British embassy staff for fomenting riots after the election; one staff-member of the Embassy, Hossein Rassam, was sentenced to four years. Jannati also called upon Judiciary head Sadeq Larijani to speed up the executions of protesters.

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