Amidst Iran’s economic crisis which has Iranian officials concerned about the increasing street protests, the chairman of the Parliament’s Committee on Industries and Mines encouraged the use of flogging and execution for “economic offenders”.
“If two people are thoroughly flogged and if two people are executed in a timely manner for controlling the market, it will be a lesson for everyone else,” Aziz Akbarian said in an interview with the state-run Alborz Radio.
“The Judiciary has done good work in this regard and I hope that it will end well,” the representative of the towns of Karaj, Fardis, Eshtehard and Asara added.
Akbarian also said that the government had to step up its security measures.
“We have robbery, embezzlement and high prices in the country. If we do not have security in this situation, we will face problems in all fronts,” he added in comments carried by the ISNA state-run news agency today.
Iran’s first deputy of the Chief Justice recently said that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, had granted the judiciary permission to hasten the punishment and execution of economic offenders, whom they deem as carrying out the intention of “enemy countries”.
“In these conditions when the enemy wants to hurt the system through pressure on the people and engaging in psychological operations, those who carry out criminal acts such as hoarding (goods), selling goods at high prices and smuggling(goods) have to know that they are helping the enemy, putting more pressure on the people and making the people lose hope in the future… and the end result of such actions is hurting the (ruling) system even if there was no intention to do such a thing.”
“The law to counter those who disrupt the country’s economic system states that if someone intends to hurt the (ruling) system or has knowledge of such a consequence, their punishment is death,” he said.
The Judicial official also said that the Supreme Leader had issued bylaws specifying how the Judiciary was allowed to accelerate the punishment for economic offenses.
“In light of the problems and obstacles we faced in countering economic corruption, the head of the Judiciary requested in a letter a number of issues from the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader confirmed those issues… which were communicated (to the Judiciary) last week in a bylaw made up of 35 articles and eight amendments,” Mohseni-Ezhe’i said on December 7.
Mohseni-Ezhe’I said that according to the new regulations, special court branches would be established in Tehran’s Revolutionary Courts or any other province that the head of the Judiciary deemed necessary.
The special court branches had the power to finalize all sentences, with the exception of death sentences, without the permission of the Supreme Court.
The new regulations, which bypass the established laws of the Islamic Republic, have been set forth as a way to speed up the punishment for what the regime deems as offenses that “hurt” the regime.
These not only include “economic” offences but also “seditions” as the Iranian regime links all protests to foreign sources and constantly raises concerns about “enemy” countries taking “advantage” of popular protests.
in his interview with Alborz Radio, Aziz Akbarian also criticized previous governments for giving subsidies to all the population and compared Iran’s economy to the UKs.
“Which country gives subsidies to all its people?” he asked.
According to recent government reports that put Iran’s market basket at 5 million tomans, more than 80% of the population live under the line of poverty and cannot provide their basic needs.
This is while the government refuses to raise wages to match the increasing inflation and high prices which has left ordinary Iranians in very difficult circumstances and poverty.
According to a December 17 report by ILNA, ordinary Iranians, including workers, pensioners, nurses, teachers, and government employees were deprived of their basic living needs which has led to an increase of homeless people, trash scavengers, child laborers and malnutrition among Iranians.
In response, various sectors of the society, including workers, teachers and nurses have in the past months held protests rallies in all Iranian cities.