Iran’s Guardian Council Rejects Bill on Preventing Police Entering Universities
Iran’s Guardian Council (GC) rejected Thursday a bill passed by the parliament that barred security and law enforcement forces from entering university campuses, reported the Iranian News Agency (IRNA).
GC secretary, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, told the parliament that “the religion and constitutional oversight body considers that the bill violates the Iranian Constitution and Islamic tenets.”
The GC called the bill a threat to the security of students and the members of the clergy, by preventing law enforcers from maintaining order, which is contrary to the Constitution and to Islam, said the statement, quoted by the agency.
On February 14, the parliament adopted the bill on a second reading amid fierce opposition from some of Majlis deputies.
The issue was raised by pro-reform MPs after a July 1999 police attack against students protesting the closure of a major reform paper
(Salam) at the Tehran University dormitory.
According to IRNA, if the GC and parliament insist on their views, then the bill would be forwarded to the Expediency Council (EC) for arbitration between the parliament and the GC – Albawaba.com