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Larijani calls for harshest punishment for Ashura offenders

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 29, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani called on Iranian authorities Tuesday to mete out harshest punishment to those who insulted against religious values on Ashura Day (December 27).

Addressing Iranian MPs this morning, the speaker strongly condemned insults made by rioters against Imam Hussein (the 3rd Imam of the Shia Muslims and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad) last Sunday.

Larijani urged officials of the Interior and Information (Intelligence) Ministries as well as those in Iran’s Judiciary system “to arrest offenders of the religion and mete out harshest punishments to such anti-revolutionary figures with no mercy.”

The speaker stressed that Majlis would “seriously follow up” the process of bringing the offenders to justice.

He also commissioned Majlis’ judicial and national security commissions to “make their utmost efforts to restore nation’s rights” in this regard.

Larijani also said that Majlis “will draw a line between the anti-revolutionary figures and the so-called leftist political currents” inside the country which he said have mostly enjoyed a history in respecting Islam, the Islamic Revolution and aspirations of the Founder of the Islamic Revolution the late Imam Khomeini.

Prior to Larijani’s address, more than 150 Iranian MPs staged a protest rally in front of the Majlis building against events of the Ashura Day.

The MPs chanted slogans against those who offended against Imam Hussein (AS) and other religious values on December 27.

Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram. It is commemorated by Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, in a battle against overwhelming odds in the central city of Karbala in Iraq.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 865885



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