Mehdi Hashemi is the editor of a state run newspaper in Iran named Iran Daily. One day he published a letter sent to the editor by students in a Basij militia group which accused Kaveh Estehardi of being corrupt. So, a trial was held. It was a trial conducted by Iranian standards of justice. So, here is what happened: Estehardi filed a law suit claiming he had been libeled.
1. The jury listened to the evidence.
2. The jury concluded there was not evidence of libel.
3. The judge ignored the jury and handed down a decision which found Hashemi: “guilty of libel, spreading lies attributing financial crimes to the son of the Expediency Council Head.”
4. One can assume that spreading lies about ordinary businessmen is OK.
5. The judge sentenced Hashemi to a six month suspended sentence along with ten lashes for lousy behavior.
6. Hashemi thanked the judge for his wise decision and added: “Judiciary proved that it really is independent as it paid neither attention to the jury or the defense.”
7. So, in Orwell centered Iran if one is found innocent by the jury, you are happy the judge over-ruled the jury and found your defense attorney to be full of hot air.
Thank God George Orwell is alive and well in Iran.