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Rouhani: Police should not enforce Islam

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been criticized by conservative clerics for saying the police should enforce the law rather than Islam.
Morality police show examples of unacceptable women's clothing to the media during a crackdown on "social corruption" in north Tehran June 18, 2008. Picture taken June 18, 2008.  REUTERS/Stringer (IRAN) - RTX73ZM
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Conservative clerics and media have criticized Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for saying that police should focus on enforcing the law rather than Islam.

At a gathering of Iranian police commanders April 25, Rouhani said: “Police do not have a duty to enforce Islam. No police officer can do something and say he did it because God commanded it, or the prophet had said so. It has nothing to do with the police.”

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