Iran: Former Iranian prosecutor sentenced to 135 lashes for corruption

Author(s): Saeed Kamali Dehghan | Date: November 2, 2016 | Language: English
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/6jnrlK | Type: Text

A former prosecutor general of Tehran described by activists as a serial human rights abuser has been sentenced to 135 lashes for financial corruption. Saeed Mortazavi, 49, was found guilty of “seizing and wasting public funds” while he ran Iran’s social welfare organisation under the then president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his close ally.
On Wednesday, the state-run news website Irib quoted a lawyer as saying Mortazavi had been given 70 lashes for seizing public funds and another 65 lashes for showing negligence in his job and wasting public money. The sentencing has not yet been confirmed by judicial authorities.
Human rights groups said flogging was barbaric and inhuman, but called for him to face justice over his links to the deaths of several prisoners while he was a judiciary official.

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