Iranian Prosecutor: Death Sentence against Spy Suspects Possible

Published June 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Public Prosecutor Ayatollah Morteza Moqtadae said on Sunday the legal proceedings against suspects who appeared before the court in Shiraz last month did not indicate that they will not be sentenced to death, reported Iranian news agency (IRNA).  

Speaking at a press conference, Moqtadaei was quoted by the agency as saying the suspects have been found blameworthy of spying for the Zionist regime and according to law, they are eligible to be sentenced to both death or prison terms.  

Referring to the International Day for Campaign Against Drug, the public prosecutor said no legal action will be taken against drug addicts who voluntarily go to doctor to quit addiction. 

He said helping the addicts to quit addiction is responsibility of the government and the addicts are free to seek medical help to quit drugs.  

He said drug trafficking is a trans-national organized crime adding that though the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to fight the international scourge, but, a country cannot afford to stop this ominous phenomenon.  

He said poverty and unemployment are the causes of addiction and smuggling. Moqtadaei cited examples that traffickers already arrested had swallowed 500 grams of heroin for smuggling in return for about $50.  

Moqtadaei said at least 90,000 prisoners in Iran are detained for drug smuggling.  

Asked about legal proceedings against head of the intelligence department of the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) Brigadier-General Naqdi, he said Naqdi had appealed the verdict already issued against him, the prosecution examined the lawsuit and found legal defects in the verdict and forwarded the case to the Supreme Court to be revoked. 

In response to another question about the appeal made by former head of Tehran City Council Hojatoleslam Abdollah Nouri against his prison term, Moqtadaei said Nouri's appeal was rejected, but he can request a re-examination of his case –  


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