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Iran judiciary chief defends internal corruption probe

Iran’s judiciary has embarked on an anti-corruption probe that has involved members of the former judiciary team.
Iranian Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque in Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2017. REUTERS/TIMA ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RC174E47D960

Iran's head of security and intelligence for the judiciary Ali Abdollahi defended the sweeping corruption probe within the country’s judiciary system, saying that it is being done at the request of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “It is with the command of [Khamenei] that the cleansing within the judiciary is taking place,” Abdollahi said Aug. 14. He added, “The management of the judiciary has begun this operation from within the judiciary, and there will also be no delay in cleansing the outside [of the judiciary].”

In March, Khamenei appointed conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi to head the judiciary. The previous judiciary chief, Sadegh Larijani, had served for 10 years. Raisi, who harbors political ambition and lost to incumbent Hassan Rouhani in the 2017 presidential election, immediately embarked on what he described as an anti-corruption campaign.

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