April 3, 2010
A special prosecutorial branch will be established shortly to deal with Iranians residing abroad, said minister of justice.
During a meeting of the High Council for Coordination of Iranian Expats, minister of justice Morteza Bakhtiari said necessary steps have been taken to establish a special prosecutorial branch that will deal with Iranian living outside the country.
Bakhtiari did not specify the reasons for establishing the special branch or its mandate but said, “The heads of Tehran justice department and the Revolutionary Court have announced their readiness to implement the plan”.
With Tehran Prosecutor’s efforts, 2 branches of first and appeals courts and several branches of magistrate courts will be assigned to deal with expats affairs. Answering to a question about political refugees, Bakhtiari said, “Intelligence and judicial authorities have representatives in this Council and will take appropriate decisions about political refugees”.
In the past months, Interpol has turned down repeated requests by Iranian authorities to issue arrest warrants for political and civil activists residing outside Iran. It appears that the establishment of a special branch is to exercise further pressure on Iranian refugees.