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Friday, December 10, 2004

Shahrudi appoints Larijani as deputy head of judiciary

IranMania News: "Shahrudi appoints Larijani as deputy head of judiciary

©2002 IranMania & AFP
Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi has overseen the imprisonment of numerous journalists and political dissidents during his time as the head of the judiciary.

TEHRAN, May 12 (AFP) - A stalwart of Iran's conservative camp which already dominates the country's judiciary and political institutions was appointed the Islamic republic's deputy justice chief, the press reported Sunday.

Mohammad-Javad Larijani was appointed by judiciary chief Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi to the post of advisor in charge of international affairs, reports said.

A former deputy foreign minister and a member of parliament, Larijani was trained in the United States, is close to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and is perceived as the eminence grise and theoretician of Iran's powerful conservative movement.

Mohammad-Javad Larijani's brother, Ali Larijani, is the head of the conservative State Television and Radio Broadcasting Organization, IRIB.

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's supporters have repeatedly accused the conservatives of attempting to crush their reform movement, using the judiciary as their main tool to intimidate reformist and opposition publications and politicians."

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