Iran vice-president summoned to court over anti-execution remarks

An Iranian court has issued a legal order requiring Shahindokht Molaverdi, Iran’s vice-president for women and family affairs, to attend a trial session, an Iranian judiciary official said.

Iran’s Judiciary spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, has said that the officials of Sistan-Baluchestan Province have filed a lawsuit in court against Shahindokht Molaverdi, ILNA news agency reported.

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei further added that the vice president has been officially summoned to a court in Tehran Province.

The spokesperson did not provide further details about the trial session and allegations against the vice-president.

Back in February, Shahindokht Molaverdi expressed her concerns over the high number of execution in the south-eastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan suggesting the entire male population of a village in the province has been hanged due to involvement in drug-related crimes.

The provincial officials protested the remarks made by the vice-president describing them as baseless.

Despite the efforts made by Iranian law enforcement forces to stop it, drug trafficking still remains as a serious issue in the country.

An Iranian anti-drugs official earlier said that drug abuse annually inflicts a damage of 450 trillion rials (about $14.9 billion) to Iran’s economy.

Source: Trend