Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rule of whose law?

If judges can make up charges and punishments as they go through cases before them, how can there be rule of law?

Iranian judges sentence writer to jail for story about stoning to death
Iranian judges have ordered a young female writer and activist to serve a six-year jail term for writing an unpublished fictional story about stoning to death in her country.

Iraee
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee received a phone call on Tuesday from judicial officials ordering her to Evin prison in Tehran…

Amnesty International said that Ebrahimi Iraee’s plight was linked to a fictional story that the authorities discovered in September 2014 when they ransacked the couple’s house in Tehran and confiscated their belongings.

“The charges against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are ludicrous,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s research director for its Middle East and North Africa programme.

“She is facing years behind bars simply for writing a story, and one which was not even published – she is effectively being punished for using her imagination.”…

Iran’s judiciary has a history of using similarly vague charges against other activists and campaigners in cases that are regarded as politically motivated…

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