For the first time in the history of Iran’s judiciary that high-ranking judges have been suspended and this action together with the suspension of Tehran’s former prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, offers hope that brutality may come under the purview of Parliament. The suspension of the prosecutor and two judges on charges they engaged in torture and murder of dissidents who were arrested in last year’s protest against the disputed election of President Ahamadinejad will at least provide comfort to parents of the slain young men and women that justice is moving ahead. Dissidents who were seized on the streets of Tehran were sent to the notorious Kahrizak detention center where girls were raped and boys beaten, sodomized and killed. Included among the dead was the son of an advisor to a defeated candidate for president. Mortazavi was also connected to the death of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi who died while in custody of Iranian officials. The opposition claims upwards of 71 people arrested wound up dead while in prison.
The good news is an Iranian government thug will be punished. Of course, no one knows what they means in terms of prison time or whether it simply results in words being exchanged. The bad news is for every one suspended there are hundreds still operating brutal prisons and torturing people.