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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Enghelab-e Eslami
[Date:] Tuesday, 19 Esfand 1359 [10 March 1981]
Hojjatol-Islam Amoli, the Member of Supreme Judicial Council in the Seminar of Sharia [Religious] Judges Said: “Sharia [Religious] Judges Do Not Have the Right of Execution and Confiscation of Properties”
Tehran – Correspondent of Enghelab-e Eslami
In the late morning of yesterday, the Seminar of Sharia Judges and Public Prosecutors from across the country continued its meeting with the participation of the member of the Supreme Judicial Council, Dr. Beheshti, and Hojjatol-Islam Ghoddousi, the public prosecutor general.
In this meeting, Hojjatol-Islam Amoli, member of the Supreme Judicial Council spoke primarily about the mode of the function of the revolutionary courts.
In parts of his talk, he pointed out the Qisas Bill, and said, “After this Bill was published, a number of [illegible] propounded some problems, which, after [illegible], the Supreme Judicial Council [illegible] justifying the difficulties, [illegible] others would also come and [illegible] would do the work. But you have seen [illegible] that the Community of Judges have published, and raised six or seven objections to the Qisas Bill. The objections, such as, for example, that the community [illegible] is not prepared for these punishments, or it is not according to the constitution, or, sometimes they would say it is not in conformity with the text of jurisprudence, or it is too soon to execute such laws, or they could only be applicable during the presence of His Holiness the Vali-e Asr [Guardian of the Age],with objections such as arguing that this Bill has not benefited from the advanced sciences for discovering the crime.
In continuation of his speech, he added: In this Qisas Bill, we have taken into consideration the opinions of all with [illegible] and we have also used the judges and [illegible].
After the conclusion of his speech, Hojjatol- Islam Ghoddousi answered the questions of the audience. One of the participants asked, “There is a procedure of revision on the verdict of the Revolutionary Judicial Courts regarding the execution or the confiscation of the properties [illegible]; why?” Hojjatol-Islam Amoli, member of the Supreme Judicial Council said, “The Revolutionary Judicial Courts do not have the right to execute and confiscate properties. Regarding the execution, the Courts [illegible] the verdict [illegible] by mentioning the relevant reasons; they do not [illegible] the verdict, if even they do [illegible], it is not according to Sharia and the judge should act within his legal limits…