The Iranian speaker says, “I entered the judicial system, filed a complaint, and dealt with a massive corruption in the judiciary branch which I followed up. In the first stage, one of the judges in the courthouse of Esfahan province, who was one of the official experts of the courthouse, was arrested and dismissed from work. In the next stage, we dealt with a much stronger gang in the judiciary that was involved in land speculation, water speculation, drug dealing, and was also in contact with those involved in arms trafficking.”
He adds, “We dealt with moral corruption in massive scale, to the extent that supervisory bodies, such as Intelligence Ministry, Article 90 Parliamentary Commission, and others got involved in the case. But as this gang had tremendous power in the judiciary, those efforts had no result. I reported to Mohseni Ejei, who was a prosecutor at the time and expected him to investigate the case. The public prosecutor’s office somehow decided to send my report to the judges who had violated the law.
He continues, “And they found access to my address and phone number and filed complaints and threatened me against following up on the case. There was a negotiation meeting after which I was not allowed to enter the place where they had power and law were violated. Then I received one-year imprisonment on charges of disseminating lies and slandering because I sent that report to the Attorney General. I was transferred to Tehran to follow up on the case. The interrogator, who was reviewing the corruption case in Judicial Complex for Government Employees, issued an 83-page indictment for the judges.”
He also says, “10 counts of charges, forging documents, collusion to confiscate others’ properties, changing land use. And now the 10th branch of the judicial complex for government employees no longer exists. Its 9th branch and 11th branch exist, yet the 10th one is not there anymore. The interrogator who used to investigate the case was banished to High Administration Court. And that judge got immunity from prosecution. Then, unfortunately, after what happened and I was arrested, the judiciary decided for the judge to retire.”
The speaker adds, “Now again we’re after the issue, with the pressure by students of Justice Seeking [Movement] on public opinion, God willing, the judiciary will have to accept corruption in its own system and find a solution to deal with this corruption. Because if we have a judiciary which itself is involved in corruption, there is no way to expect it to investigate corruption in other organs.”
He continues, “We need the judiciary to prevent corruption, but when it is involved with corruption itself, we cannot expect it to uproot corruption in other bodies. Now we can wait and see what happens. God willing, our brothers in the judiciary, the esteemed chief of judiciary whom we believe was elected by the Supreme Leader, and God willing he is a Supreme Leader devotee, [and will do something.] This is what Supreme Leader thinks, that corruption in judiciary branch is worse than anywhere else. These are his exact words.”
He ends, “The judiciary is like a ship and we all are on its board. But if this ship is punctured, or its main part gets worn out, everybody will be drowned. Now, God willing, I and other friends active in this regard as well as students of Justice Seeking Movement who are insisting on [doing the job done] and have raised awareness among people, so there is also public demand– God willing, all these activities will produce some results and justice will be done.”