Friday, May 06, 2005

Iranian law enforcement

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi has made an outspoken condemnation of the actions of the police in his country (Iran).

He accused police of issuing summons and carrying out interrogations without proper referral to the judiciary.

"Do not give officers carte blanche to make dossiers. This is against the law," he said.

Legal in the USA under the Patriot Act.

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi criticised police interrogators for extracting confessions.

"Sometimes they do some things like put a bag over the head, which resembles what the Americans do to terrorists in Abu Ghraib," he said

Legal, according to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

My irony meter just exploded.


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